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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
    Stateline.org ^ | 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
    msnbc.com ^ | March 19, 2012 | msnbc.com 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
    io9.com ^ | 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
    baltimoresun.com ^ | 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
    patiriotupdate.com ^ | August 12, 2011 | patiriotupdate.com
    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: http://blogs.sacbee.com/the_state_worker/2011/08/california-officials-seek-higher-rates-meal-reimbursements.html#ixzz1U6X38OST
  • 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
    weeklystandard.com ^ | 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
    Knoxnews.co ^ | 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...
  • Illinois politicians can no longer put names on road signs

    06/16/2011 8:10:31 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 14 replies · 1+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 16 June 2011 | Monique Garcia
    Gov. Pat Quinn today signed a bill into law preventing state officials from putting their name or likeness on taxpayer funded signs. The measure was a response to Gov. Rod Blagojevich's decision years ago to plaster his name on nearly three dozen signs on the Illinois Tollway at what Quinn said was a cost of almost $500,000. "Sometimes there are those in politics and public office who want to glorify themselves at public expense, and I don't think that's right, I don't think the public feels that's what Democracy is about," Quinn said during bill signing ceremony at the Cermak...
  • Straight or Gay? Vowels in Speech May Give it Away

    05/21/2011 8:01:50 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 96 replies
    U.S. News and World Report Health ^ | May 20, 2011 | HealthDay
    FRIDAY, May 20 (HealthDay News) -- For the average listener, the vowel sounds in an unfamiliar voice quickly give away the speaker's sexual orientation, a new study finds."I'm not sure what exactly the listeners are responding to in the vowel," study lead author Erik C. Tracy, a cognitive psychologist at Ohio State University, said in a news release from the American Institute of Physics. "Other researchers have done various acoustic analyses to understand why gay and heterosexual men produce vowels differently. Whatever this difference is, it seems that listeners are using it to make this sexual orientation decision." When hearing...
  • 'Social justice' in contracts costs S.F. millions

    05/10/2011 6:03:41 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 9 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | May 8, 2011 | John Coté
    San Francisco's much-heralded "social justice" requirements for city contracts are costing local taxpayers millions of dollars a year in overcharges, according to workers in departments ranging from the Municipal Transportation Agency to the Department of Emergency Management. In one case, a Muni worker said the city paid $3,000 for a vehicle battery tray. Such parts can be found online for $12 to $300, depending on the type of vehicle. City officials said they couldn't verify that purchase, saying the trays are usually bought in bulk with the battery. Other city purchasing policies, if followed, would mean paying about $240 for...
  • Trains In Vain

    05/09/2011 7:31:30 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | May 9, 2011 | Staff
    Subsidies: This week, Amtrak marks its 40th anniversary, which means that for decades it's wasted tens of billions of tax dollars. Naturally, Washington wants to reward this with billions more under the guise of "high-speed" rail. To say that Amtrak is a failed business is to be unkind to failure. Consider: • A Pew study found that all but three of Amtrak's 44 lines lost money in 2008, with an average loss of $32 per passenger. Even the heavily used Northeast Regional line was a money-loser. • Each year, Amtrak relies on more than $1.5 billion in taxpayer subsidies —...
  • Work Scarce for Obama's Green Job Training Grads

    05/05/2011 6:25:11 AM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 12 replies
    abcnews.com ^ | May 4, 2011 | AMY RIGBY
    Brian Williams has dreamed of working in the solar field ever since he first heard about it in the 1970s. So when a new green job training program arrived in his hometown of Ocala, Fla., Williams, now 53, signed up immediately. The program – one of many around the country -- is funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and geared toward helping unemployed workers, low-income individuals, high school dropouts or people with criminal records. When he joined one year ago, Williams was unemployed. During his training at Workforce Connection, a non-profit organization in Ocala, he learned basic skills,...
  • Outsider hired for Obama speeches

    On top of the more than half a million dollars it spends on speechwriters, the White House is using tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars on a public relations firm headed by Democratic image maker Michael Sheehan — once dubbed by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton as an “extraordinary media coach” who helped her master the teleprompter. Mr. Sheehan’s firm, Sheehan Associates, could receive more than $100,000 under a current contract and has been providing occasional speech and consulting services to the White House since 2009, federal purchasing records show.
  • Explicit sadomasochist exhibit welcomed and funded by U. of Chicago

    05/03/2011 1:41:30 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 46 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 5/3/11 | Kathleen Gilbert
    CHICAGO, May 3, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The University of Chicago (UC) last month footed the bill for an exhibit of hundreds of extremely explicit sadomasochistic pornographic images and books to be displayed on campus grounds. The Chicago Sun-Times last Wednesday reported that an officially recognized student sadomasochist group received $3,200 from the University to host a three-day display of the “Carter-Johnson Leather Library,” making UC the first campus to welcome the lewd display. A member of Americans for Truth about Homosexuality (AFTAH) attended the exhibit and reported on the extreme pornographic material on display, including a lesbian porn book describing...
  • City Workers Make Porn Film While On the Job - (Los ANgeles)

    04/29/2011 12:46:35 PM PDT · by Beaten Valve · 28 replies · 1+ views
    NBC - Los Angeles ^ | April 29, 2011 | NBC Los Angeles
    City officials failed to discipline two traffic officers who appeared in a pornographic film while on the job, NBC4 LA has found. The Los Angeles Department of Transportation has opened an investigation into the behavior of two uniformed, on-duty officers who appear in the sexually explicit movie. The investigation was prompted by the NBC4 LA expose, which will air in full Friday at 11 p.m. "It's absolutely disgusting," said Amir Sedadi, general manager of LADOT, after viewing a copy of the movie shown to him by NBC4 LA. "Immediately, we will conduct a full investigation. This is not acceptable to...
  • (State-Funded Web) Site: No stigma in abortion

    04/20/2011 3:12:45 PM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies · 1+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | 4/20/2011 | Christine McConville
    A state-funded sex education Web site that tells teens an abortion is “much easier than it sounds” has drawn fire from outraged pro-lifers who say mariatalks.com is glossing over ugly truths, steering teens toward the controversial procedure and counseling them how to keep mom and dad in the dark. “The commonwealth is using taxpayer money to tell kids how to get a secret abortion, and that’s wrong,” said Linda Thayer, a former Boston schoolteacher who is vice president for educational affairs of Massachusetts Citizens for Life, which this week took aim at the site. “This is a misuse of state...
  • Daley cites union contract in truckers paid to sit around

    04/02/2011 8:31:44 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 21 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | Apr 2, 2011 | Fran Spielman
    Mayor Daley tried Friday to answer the $18 million question posed by his inspector general: why City Hall tolerates having 200 motor truck drivers “paid to do nothing” but drive crews to their work sites and wait in the vehicle until they finish. “It was a 1985 or `83 [work rule]. ... It was prior [to the Daley years]. You should have reported that,” said the mayor, who took office in 1989. Daley was asked why he did not negotiate an end to the costly rule during 22 years of negotiations with the Teamsters Union. “You have to give and...
  • Barack Obama: Losing $84 billion big success

    04/01/2011 5:14:41 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 4 replies
    Washington Times ^ | April 1,2011 | Kerry Picket
    Barack Obama has some 'splaining to do about taxpayers' profitable "investment" in General Motors. It turns out the president is imagining things. However, a March 16 Congressional Oversight report, tells a different story. It estimates taxpayers will be out of $25 billion. Additionally, the report points out that “full repayment will not be possible unless the government is able to sell its remaining shares at a far higher price.” That's only the beginning. Both the White House and the Congressional Oversight report omit the fact that during its bankruptcy, GM got a $45 billion tax break, courtesy of the American...
  • Oops! Worker falls in White House fountain (while adding green dye)

    03/17/2011 8:31:19 AM PDT · by maggief · 34 replies
    NECN ^ | March 17, 2011
    (NECN: Washington) - A White House worker fell while applying green dye to a fountain.
  • Former Kansas welfare worker: Illegal immigrants abused the system (Overwhelming fraud)

    03/14/2011 6:22:29 PM PDT · by dragnet2 · 24 replies · 1+ views
    testimony today including a statement from a former welfare worker who described “overwhelming” levels of fraud by illegal immigrants. Lana Reed, who worked as a bilingual specialist for the Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services in Overland Park from 2008 to 2010, urged lawmakers to adopt the bill targeting illegal immigration. She described a system overrun by illegal immigrants who used false Social Security numbers and other fraudulent documents to game the system. “I witnessed overwhelming levels of fraud and corruption resulting in the waste of millions of taxpayer dollars,” Reed told the House Judiciary Committee. “Most of the fraud...
  • Imam Shakeup at the Ground Zero Mosque (Imam Rauf had to go but his replacement is no better)

    01/17/2011 8:03:18 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/17/2011 | Pamela Geller
    There has been a shakeup at the Cordoba Initiative/Park 51, the group behind the projected Islamic supremacist mega-mosque at Ground Zero. The deceitful pro-Sharia Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf and his wife Daisy Khan are out, and an imam from Washington, D.C., Abdullah Adhami, is in. What does this mean? First, it means that we won. We are declaring victory. It seems clear that Rauf had to go because he had become a liability to the taqiyya project of the Ground Zero mosque. And that is because of the light we shed on his true beliefs and allegiances. Rauf snagged more...
  • The Year of Right-Wing Terrorists?

    12/22/2010 12:50:55 PM PST · by Kaslin · 24 replies · 4+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | December 22, 2010 | Brent Bozell
    There is some very dangerous -- as in red-hot incendiary -- hatred going on, and it's being advanced by the national news media directly. The panel of judges for the Media Research Center's Best Notable Quotables of 2010 found that theme time and time again while selecting the year's worst reporting and punditry. PBS talk-show host Tavis Smiley won "The Poison Tea Pot Award for Smearing the Anti-Obama Rabble." On May 25, he was interviewing author Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a bold critic of radical Muslims -- at the risk of a fatwa against her own life since 2004. Ali said...
  • Sham Unscientific DoD Study reaches expected conclusion regarding Homosexuality

    The Barry Hussein Soetoro administration is touting a DoD study it hopes will be the basis for Congress repealing DADT. The poll at the center of this study is not an accurate assessment of those who will be most affected by introducing the open aberrant behavior of homosexuality into U.S. armed forces. Proponents of the politically correct social engineering scheme of introducing open homosexuality into the military used a highly unrandomized sample, which is not credible, in hopes to affect public opinion and garner support for their cause. This study is pure propaganda meant to advance the homosexual agenda just...
  • Palestinian Authority seizes atheist after he criticizes Islam on Facebook and blog

    11/11/2010 2:33:51 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | November 11, 2010 | DIAA HADID
    QALQILIYA, West Bank (AP) — A mysterious blogger who set off an uproar in the Arab world by claiming he was God and hurling insults at the Prophet Muhammad is now behind bars — caught in a sting that used Facebook to track him down. The case of the unlikely apostate, a shy barber from this backwater West Bank town, is highlighting the limits of tolerance in the Western-backed Palestinian Authority — and illustrating a new trend by authorities in the Arab world to mine social media for evidence.
  • U.S. funds study of flying snakes

    11/23/2010 11:08:59 AM PST · by markomalley · 28 replies
    UPI ^ | 11/23/2010
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 23 (UPI) -- The U.S. Department of Defense is funding research to discover how species of Asian snakes are able to glide long distances through the air, researchers say. Researchers at Virginia Tech are studying how snakes of the genus Chrysopelea, found in Southeast Asia, India and southern China, glide without the benefit of any wings or wing-like parts, The Washington Post reported Monday. The snakes undulate from side to side, almost as if slithering through the air, to glide from the tops of 200-foot tall trees to land almost 800 feet away. "Basically ... they become one...
  • Obamas wanted to celebrate Diwali in India

    11/03/2010 6:11:14 AM PDT · by libstripper · 28 replies
    Press Trust of India ^ | November 3, 2010 | Press Trust of India
    Barack Obama, who became the first US president to personally celebrate Diwali in the historic East Room in 2009, wanted to "specifically" celebrate the festival of lights with Indians, the White House has said. "He (Obama) specifically wanted to have an opportunity to celebrate Diwali and to do so with the Indian people, getting beyond simply his official business,"
  • Juan Williams ‘Talking Points Memo’ to NPR - A Good One!

    10/22/2010 6:44:52 PM PDT · by Company Man · 105 replies · 1+ views
    LIBNOT ^ | 10/22/90
    Juan Williams gives a talking points memo to npr. And how.
  • Indiana Legislators Want to Defund Kinsey Institute

    10/21/2010 10:20:06 AM PDT · by conservativegramma · 15 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | October 21, 2010 | Brian Fitzpatrick
    In light of voluminous evidence that pioneering sexologist Alfred Kinsey and his associates were guilty not only of scientific fraud but serious criminality – culminating this week with WND's exposé of one victim of Kinsey's notorious "child sexuality" studies conducted by pedophile "researchers" – Indiana legislators are calling for the defunding of the Kinsey Institute, located on the campus of state-subsidized Indiana University. State representatives Cindy Noe and Woody Burton emphasized that any effort to cut off the Kinsey Institute hinges on electing Republican majorities in the state legislature. "I don't think the Kinsey Institute is a proper use of...
  • Loveland art slasher pleads not guilty, headed to January trial.

    10/15/2010 2:08:49 PM PDT · by killermedic · 11 replies
    The Denver Post ^ | 10/15/2010 10:46:04 AM MDT | Monte Whaley
    A Montana woman accused of destroying a piece of art some say depicted Jesus Christ committing a sex act pleaded not guilty this morning to a charge of criminal mischief, a Class 4 felony. Kathleen Folden waived her right to a preliminary hearing and is scheduled for a three-day trial in January. Folden's appearance was brief. In her arrest affidavit, Folden admitted to visiting the Loveland Museum/Gallery on Oct. 6 for the sole purpose of destroying the print of Enrique Chagoya's "The Misadventures of Romantic Cannibals."...
  • Eight Straight Suicides

    10/15/2010 5:32:43 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 72 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 15, 2010 | Mike Adams
    Officials on college campuses across the nation are alarmed at a wave of recent suicides involving Christians who have been harassed by homosexual activists. The main stream media isn’t covering the story so, as usual, I have taken it upon myself to do their jobs for them. None of the following eight cases have been covered by any of the three major news networks. Jonathan was a community college student in California. He was giving a speech on the impact Jesus Christ has had in his life and in the lives of others he knows. During the speech, he quoted...
  • Woman destroys controversial Jesus print (Gay Jesus Porn)

    10/12/2010 11:05:02 AM PDT · by mojito · 38 replies · 1+ views
    UPI ^ | 10/7/2010 | Unattributed
    A female truck driver was arrested after she allegedly ripped up a lithograph at a Colorado museum that purportedly shows Jesus having sex. Kathleen Folden, 56, of Kalispell, Mont., spent the night in the Larimer County jail after being arrested at the Loveland Museum Gallery, The Coloradoan of Fort Collins reported. Police said she used a crowbar to break through the plexiglass protecting the lithograph and then shredded it.
  • Pa. school settles 2 webcam spy lawsuits for $610K

    10/12/2010 5:51:24 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 13 replies
    hosted ^ | Oct 11 | MARYCLAIRE DALE
    PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A Philadelphia-area school district agreed Monday to pay $610,000 to settle two lawsuits over secret photos taken on school-issued laptops. The Lower Merion School District admitted it captured thousands of webcam photographs and screen shots from student laptops in a misguided effort to locate missing computers....
  • Woman with crowbar destroys blasphemous 'art'

    10/08/2010 12:49:16 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 59 replies · 1+ views
    Catholic Culture ^ | Oct. 8, 2010 | Staff
    A Montana woman faces criminal charges after she used a crowbar to destroy a blasphemous exhibit at a gallery in Colorado. Kathleen Folden was arrested after she smashed an exhibit that depicted Jesus in a lewd act. The exhibit, by artist Enrique Chagoya of Stanford University, had caused outrage among Christians.
  • Skin color linked to social inequality in contemporary Mexico, study shows

    10/06/2010 9:58:55 AM PDT · by decimon · 20 replies
    American Sociological Association ^ | October 6, 2010 | Unknown
    WASHINGTON, DC, October 6, 2010 — Despite the popular, state-sponsored ideology that denies the existence of prejudice based on racial or skin color differences in Mexico, a new study from The University of Texas at Austin provides evidence of profound social inequality by skin color. According to the study, individuals with darker skin tones have less education, have lower status jobs, are more likely to live in poverty, and are less likely to be affluent. Andrés Villarreal, an associate professor in the Department of Sociology and the Population Research Center affiliate, published his findings in the October 2010 issue of...
  • It's smut, not art, Loveland protesters say

    10/01/2010 12:34:08 PM PDT · by Bulldawg Fan · 32 replies
    The Denver Post ^ | 10/1/10 | Monte Whaley
    LOVELAND — About 25 to 30 residents stood outside the Loveland Museum/Gallery this morning protesting a portion of an exhibit that appears to show Jesus Christ involved in a sex act. "This is not art, it's smut, pure and simple," said Ronald Minto, who said he's not against graphic art per se. But the color lithograph produced by Stanford University's Enrique Chagoya is outright pornography, he said. "This is a museum, not an X-rated book store," said Minto. The lithograph is spread over 12 panels, each about 7- by 7-inches, and is called "The Misadventures of the Romantic Cannibals." It's...
  • Few white voters upset about Obama victory despite lingering racism

    09/13/2010 10:08:51 AM PDT · by decimon · 25 replies
    University of Florida ^ | September 13, 2010 | Unknown
    GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- Racism may be less of a factor in politics than other realms of life, according to a new University of Florida study, which found few white voters in Florida to be upset by the presidential candidacy of a black man, and many to be proud of it. To assess attitudes among white voters in a southern state about Barack Obama's historic election to the presidency, two UF political scientists analyzed results from four statewide telephone surveys -- each involving between 449 and 829 respondents – conducted in the fall of 2008 and spring of 2009. Their study...
  • After 40 Years, City Launches New Public Transportation

    09/07/2010 11:50:45 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 4 replies
    The Indy Channel ^ | Tuesday, September 7, 2010
    Federal Funds Pay For ServiceKOKOMO, Ind. -- For the first time in more than four decades, Kokomo launched a new public transportation system Tuesday. People can ride on the two new red and green buses, designed to look like trolleys, for free, at least for now, 6News' Julie Pursley reported. "For me, we're just getting on to see where we go and how it works," said Christina Marshall, who rode Tuesday morning. The buses ride along four routes that include more than 100 designated stops, such as at hospitals, universities and shopping centers. "This is going to help the citizens...