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Saturday, August 27, 2011

Obama is MAD


» No Class: Vandals, Union Protesters Disrupt Successful Choice School - Big Government

» No Class: Vandals, Union Protesters Disrupt Successful Choice School - Big Government

Inheritance Cycle - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Inheritance Cycle - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Accounts of Chinese Bloggers on Weibo Suspended, Causing Protests - NYTimes.com

Accounts of Chinese Bloggers on Weibo Suspended, Causing Protests - NYTimes.com

BEIJING — The operators of China’s most vibrant equivalent of Twitter notified each of its 200 million users Friday that several bloggers deemed to have spread unfounded rumors would have their accounts suspended for one month.

In messages, the operators of Sina.com’s Weibo microblog detailed the suspensions of the bloggers. The announcements provoked a torrent of online protest, some of which was directed at the government on the assumption that it was behind the punishments.

Read more at: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/27/world/asia/27weibo.html


Beijing Communist Party Chief Issues Veiled Warning to Chinese Web Portal - WSJ.com

Beijing Communist Party Chief Issues Veiled Warning to Chinese Web Portal - WSJ.com

BEIJING–Beijing's Communist Party chief issued a veiled warning to Chinese Internet portal Sina over its Weibo microblogging service after a visit to the company's headquarters, a sign of the government's growing anxiety over Weibo's explosive growth and spreading influence that threatens the government's media controls.

Manipulation, Payoffs And Lies -- The Democrats' Endgame On Health Care | FoxNews.com

Manipulation, Payoffs And Lies -- The Democrats' Endgame On Health Care | FoxNews.com

The Witchcraft Delusion in Colonial Connecticut (1647-1697) by John M. Taylor - Project Gutenberg

The Witchcraft Delusion in Colonial Connecticut (1647-1697) by John M. Taylor - Project Gutenberg

Riehl World View: Ron Paul: Neo-Liberal

Riehl World View: Ron Paul: Neo-Liberal

Jeffrey Lord on Mark Levin Show: Ron Paul is a neo-liberal, not a conservative | The Right Scoop

Jeffrey Lord on Mark Levin Show: Ron Paul is a neo-liberal, not a conservative | The Right Scoop

Friday, August 26, 2011

Russia Bids to End Syrian Violence as Seven Protesters Killed - Bloomberg

Russia Bids to End Syrian Violence as Seven Protesters Killed - Bloomberg

Russia Signals Opposition to Western Bid for Sanctions on Assad

Russia Signals Opposition to Western Bid for Sanctions on Assad

Who is to be Master of the World?  Introduction

Who is to be Master of the World? Introduction

http://dailycaller.com/2011/08/26/why-the-arab-spring-is-cause-for-concern/

http://dailycaller.com/2011/08/26/why-the-arab-spring-is-cause-for-concern/

KILLSWITCH ENGAGE LYRICS - "As Daylight Dies" (2006) album

KILLSWITCH ENGAGE LYRICS - "As Daylight Dies" (2006) album

World must let US dollar win currency war - The Economic Times

World must let US dollar win currency war - The Economic Times


I Repeat Myself When Under Stress, I Repeat Myself... | RNC: Republican National Committee | GOP

I Repeat Myself When Under Stress, I Repeat Myself... | RNC: Republican National Committee | GOP

Prison Planet.com » Mayor Orders Cops To Remove Citizen At Council Meeting For Stating His Name

Prison Planet.com » Mayor Orders Cops To Remove Citizen At Council Meeting For Stating His Name

multiple offenses against freedom in this one. USA #1.

Compulsory Unionism in Education | National Institute for Labor Relations Research

Compulsory Unionism in Education | National Institute for Labor Relations Research

Your Rights

Your Rights

Forced Unionism: What You Should Know

SPEAKOUT: American teachers unions: the fatal flaw : Speakout : The Rocky Mountain News

SPEAKOUT: American teachers unions: the fatal flaw : Speakout : The Rocky Mountain News

JSTOR: The American Journal of Comparative Law, Vol. 5, No. 1 (Winter, 1956), pp. 18-43

JSTOR: The American Journal of Comparative Law, Vol. 5, No. 1 (Winter, 1956), pp. 18-43

The Problem of Compulsory Unionism in Europe

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Close Encounters of the Union Kind |

Close Encounters of the Union Kind |

Leadership: How to Ask the Right Questions - BusinessWeek

Leadership: How to Ask the Right Questions - BusinessWeek

Gibson Press Release

Gibson Press Release

The Justice department bullies Gibson without filing charges

The Federal Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. has suggested that the use of wood from India that is not finished by Indian workers is illegal, not because of U.S. law, but because it is the Justice Department’s interpretation of a law in India. (If the same wood from the same tree was finished by Indian workers, the material would be legal.) This action was taken without the support and consent of the government in India.
On August 24, 2011, around 8:45 a.m. CDT, agents for the federal government executed four search warrants on Gibson’s facilities in Nashville and Memphis and seized several pallets of wood, electronic files and guitars. Gibson had to cease its manufacturing operations and send workers home for the day, while armed agents executed the search warrants. Gibson has fully cooperated with the execution of the search warrants.
• Raid shut down Gibson factories and cost company money
This is the second time that federal agents have raided Gibson facilities and disrupted production – this time causing lost productivity and sales.
• Wood seized was Forest Stewardship Council Controlled
The wood the Government seized on August 24 is from a Forest Stewardship Council certified supplier and is FSC Controlled, meaning that the wood complies with the standards of the Forest Stewardship Council, which is an industry-recognized and independent, not-for-profit organization established to promote responsible management of the world’s forests. FSC Controlled Wood standards require, among other things, that the wood not be illegally harvested and not be harvested in violation of traditional and civil rights. See www.fsc.org for more information. Gibson has a long history of supporting sustainable and responsible sources of wood and has worked diligently with entities such as the Rainforest Alliance and Greenpeace to secure FSC certified supplies. The wood seized on August 24 satisfied FSC standards.
• Nearly two years later, no charges have been filed
In 2009, more than a dozen agents with automatic weapons invaded the Gibson factory in Nashville. The Government seized guitars and a substantial amount of ebony fingerboard blanks from Madagascar. To date, 1 year and 9 months later, criminal charges have NOT been filed, yet the Government still holds Gibson’s property. Gibson has obtained sworn statements and documents from the Madagascar government and these materials, which have been filed in federal court, show that the wood seized in 2009 was legally exported under Madagascar law and that no law has been violated. Gibson is attempting to have its property returned in a civil proceeding that is pending in federal court.
The Justice Department has asked the judge to stop the court case indefinitely.
• Information sought in raid was already made available
Since 2009, Gibson has fully cooperated with the Government’s investigation of wood and has provided substantial documentation regarding Gibson’s wood-buying activities over the years. Yet, the Federal Government raided Gibson’s facilities on August 24, 2011, without warning or communication of any kind. Had the Government simply communicated with Gibson, Gibson would have cooperated without having to stop its production and send workers home.
• Not about illegal logging, not about conservation, not about the environment
The U.S. Lacey Act does not directly address conservation issues but is about obeying all laws of the countries from which wood products are procured. This law reads that you are guilty if you did not observe a law even though you had no knowledge of that law in a foreign country. The U.S. Lacey Act is only applicable when a foreign law has been violated.
• Gibson is innocent and will fight to protect its rights
Gibson has complied with foreign laws and believes it is innocent of ANY wrong doing. We will fight aggressively to prove our innocence.
For more information, please contact:
Henry E. Juszkiewicz
c/o Gibson Guitar Corp.
309 Plus Park Blvd.
Nashville, TN 37217
(615) 871-4500 Extension 2405
www.gibson.com

About Gibson Guitar:
Gibson is known worldwide for producing classic models in every major style of fretted instrument, including acoustic and electric guitars, mandolins, and banjos. The Gibson Les Paul guitar is the best-selling guitar of all time and bears the name of the late, great Les Paul. Gibson’s line of Robot guitars, including the revolutionary new Firebird X, represents the biggest advances in electric guitar design in over 70 years. The Gibson Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the Gibson Guitar Corp., and dedicates its time and services to making the place a better world for children through its support of music, education, health and human services. Founded in 1894 in Kalamazoo, Michigan and headquartered in Nashville since 1984, Gibson Guitar Corp.’s family of brands now includes Epiphone, Dobro, Kramer, Steinberger, Tobias, Echoplex, Electar, Flatiron, Slingerland, Valley Arts, Maestro, Oberheim, Baldwin, Sunshine Piano, Take Anywhere Technology, J&C Fischer, Chickering, Hamilton, and Wurlitzer.
Visit Gibson’s website at www.gibson.com.
For breaking Gibson News: Press RSS Feed.
Follow Gibson on Twitter at www.twitter.com/gibsonguitar and Facebook at www.facebook.com/gibsonguitar.
Gibson, 1-800-4GIBSON (1-800-444-2766) or www.gibson.com
Contacts:
Jeremy Singer / Gibson UK, 020 7167 2144 / Jeremy.Singer@Gibson.com
Chris O’Hearn / Gibson Australia 61 2 9929 2257 / ThrillHillEnt@BigPond.com

Jon Huntsman: Tax Code Needs to be Revamped - Jon Huntsman - Fox Nation

Jon Huntsman: Tax Code Needs to be Revamped - Jon Huntsman - Fox Nation

Warsaw Ghetto Uprising - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Warsaw Ghetto Uprising - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan ‘The Best Ideas…in Education Are Never Going to Come from Me’ | TheBlaze.com

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan ‘The Best Ideas…in Education Are Never Going to Come from Me’ | TheBlaze.com


OMFG

Angry Unions Sever Ties With Democrats, Obama

Angry Unions Sever Ties With Democrats, Obama

Trumpka is a brown shirt

Which Side Are Supply Siders On? - Against Crony Capitalism

Which Side Are Supply Siders On? - Against Crony Capitalism

Don’t Blame GOP for Judicial Vacancies | RedState

Don’t Blame GOP for Judicial Vacancies | RedState

Big bucks come from Comcast | POLITICO 44

Big bucks come from Comcast | POLITICO 44

The Obama-Comcast Connection - President Obama - Fox Nation

The Obama-Comcast Connection - President Obama - Fox Nation

Teachers’ group, senator’s representative work on Facebook Law fix | Missouri News Horizon

Teachers’ group, senator’s representative work on Facebook Law fix | Missouri News Horizon

Missouri’s “Facebook law” - Collegenews.

Missouri’s “Facebook law” - Collegenews.

Really Bad Jokes: Page 1

Really Bad Jokes: Page 1

Obama 'fright-ride' control and attacks against America :: TeaParty.org

Obama 'fright-ride' control and attacks against America :: TeaParty.org

Texas To Begin Deporting Foreign Convicts | FoxNews.com

Texas To Begin Deporting Foreign Convicts | FoxNews.com

Muslim Brotherhood Declares War on Bikinis - Muslim Brotherhood - Fox Nation

Muslim Brotherhood Declares War on Bikinis - Muslim Brotherhood - Fox Nation



Muslim Brotherhood, what you do is your business, until you declare war on beautiful women.

#BaconIsDelicious
#IsLambok?
#YourReligionIsSexuallyRepressed


CBO Forecasts High Unemployment for Years

CBO Forecasts High Unemployment for Years

Inspector general: Mortgage modification program a 'failure' - ABC News

Inspector general: Mortgage modification program a 'failure' - ABC News

Mortimer Zuckerman: Obama and the 'Competency Crisis' - WSJ.com

Mortimer Zuckerman: Obama and the 'Competency Crisis' - WSJ.com

The Daily Zen: 4 Ways to Improve Your Reading Habits

The Daily Zen: 4 Ways to Improve Your Reading Habits

» Chicago Teachers Union Threatens to Strike Over Raises; Silent on Failing Schools - Big Government

» Chicago Teachers Union Threatens to Strike Over Raises; Silent on Failing Schools - Big Government

Chicago Teachers Union Threatens to Strike Over Raises; Silent on Failing Schools

by Kyle Olson

Karen Lewis of the Chicago Teachers Union is angry.

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Photo: Labor Beat

There’s a gross injustice being perpetuated in Illinois’ public schools, and the CTU isn’t going to take it anymore. In fact, the powerful teachers union is considering a strike in hopes that it would create so much public pressure that the Powers That Be have no choice but to correct this outrageous injustice.

Like many Illinois citizens, the CTU has seen reports that three out of four state high school graduates are not ready for college. And the union’s response has been, well … the CTU hasn’t really said anything about it.

You see, the fact that students are leaving Illinois’ K-12 public education system totally unprepared for college, the workplace or life in general – that’s not really the CTU’s thing.

Instead, the union is “upset” and feeling very “disrespected” because the Chicago Board of Education doesn’t have the money to pay CTU members the four percent pay raise they were promised in their contract.

The union is also steaming over the fact that more than 1,500 teachers have been laid off, some of which have been placed on a “secret” do-not-hire list, CTU President Karen Lewis told the Chicago Sun-Times.

Pay, benefits, working conditions – these are the things that the teachers unions are willing to strike over. If only 23 percent of Illinois high school grads pass a college-readiness test, well, what do you expect them to do about it? Lewis is quick to point out that union teachers are just simple “workers,” doing the best they can with the kids they are given. (It’s mostly the parents’ fault, anyway.)

Sure, some trouble making education reformers may suggest that kids are doing badly on the tests because their school days have been frittered away on silly social justice lessons, but the fact that the CTU is being stiffed on its four percent pay raise only underscores the need for such a curriculum.

The CTU will remind you that the labor unions created America’s middle class.

But don’t bother pointing out that the self-serving teachers unions are creating a generation of ignoramuses who are so poorly educated that they will never have a chance at a middle class lifestyle.

Like we said, accountability isn’t really their thing.



» Chicago Teachers Union Threatens to Strike Over Raises; Silent on Failing Schools - Big Government

» Chicago Teachers Union Threatens to Strike Over Raises; Silent on Failing Schools - Big Government

Rock for Life Case Shows How University ‘Speech Codes’ Threaten Freedom of Speech |

Rock for Life Case Shows How University ‘Speech Codes’ Threaten Freedom of Speech |

Freedom of speech is fucking vital to life.

Cheney says he urged Bush to bomb Syria in ’07 | The Daily Caller

Cheney says he urged Bush to bomb Syria in ’07 | The Daily Caller

» Wealthy Liberals Target New Drilling Techniques That Heighten Natural Gas Production and Boost Jobs - Big Government

» Wealthy Liberals Target New Drilling Techniques That Heighten Natural Gas Production and Boost Jobs - Big Government

Evil Ruse: Nevada Democrat, Kate Marshall, Campaign Advises Fake Support for Israel to Garner Votes in Special Election - Atlas Shrugs

Evil Ruse: Nevada Democrat, Kate Marshall, Campaign Advises Fake Support for Israel to Garner Votes in Special Election - Atlas Shrugs

» Creating A Boogeyman: Liberals’ Hypocritical Fear of Religion - Big Government

» Creating A Boogeyman: Liberals’ Hypocritical Fear of Religion - Big Government

Perry slams Romney over health care - Maggie Haberman - POLITICO.com

Perry slams Romney over health care - Maggie Haberman - POLITICO.com

Blog - Obama’s Department of Campaign Services

Blog - Obama’s Department of Campaign Services

3 clear reasons to change careers | zen habits

3 clear reasons to change careers | zen habits

Gaddafi nearly captured on Wednesday: report | Reuters

Gaddafi nearly captured on Wednesday: report | Reuters

Allies to discuss Libya's future, assistance - Forbes.com

Allies to discuss Libya's future, assistance - Forbes.com

Fail Trail: 'Gaddafi idiotically embraced neo-liberalism'

Michelle Obama accused of spending $10m in public money on vacations | Mail Online

Michelle Obama accused of spending $10m in public money on vacations | Mail Online

» Whole Foods Co-Founder Defends the Morality of Capitalism in New Book - Big Government

» Whole Foods Co-Founder Defends the Morality of Capitalism in New Book - Big Government

Team Obama Regulates Goat Herders' Workplaces - HUMAN EVENTS

Team Obama Regulates Goat Herders' Workplaces - HUMAN EVENTS

Iran sues Russia for refusal of missile shipment

Iran sues Russia for refusal of missile shipment

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

» Federalists, Whigs and Progressives - Big Government

» Federalists, Whigs and Progressives - Big Government

Congressional Budget Office Forecasts 8% Unemployment until 2014 - The Curious Capitalist - TIME.com

Congressional Budget Office Forecasts 8% Unemployment until 2014 - The Curious Capitalist - TIME.com

PICTURED: Perry and Obama At Age 22 - President Obama - Fox Nation

PICTURED: Perry and Obama At Age 22 - President Obama - Fox Nation

Beef Jerky-Potato Chip Hybrid Is the Pinnacle of Human Innovation

Beef Jerky-Potato Chip Hybrid Is the Pinnacle of Human Innovation

"Occupation without tanks or soldiers": "No-go" zones for non-Muslims proliferating in Europe - Jihad Watch

"Occupation without tanks or soldiers": "No-go" zones for non-Muslims proliferating in Europe - Jihad Watch

Rubio Delivers Epic Conservative Speech at Reagan Library - Marco Rubio - Fox Nation

Rubio Delivers Epic Conservative Speech at Reagan Library - Marco Rubio - Fox Nation

Time for Republicans to restore congressional oversight | Examiner Editorial | Opinion | Washington Examiner

Time for Republicans to restore congressional oversight | Examiner Editorial | Opinion | Washington Examiner

Collateral Damage - By Andrew Stuttaford - The Corner - National Review Online

Collateral Damage - By Andrew Stuttaford - The Corner - National Review Online

The Finnish demand that their portion of the second Greek bailout be adequately collateralized.

col·lat·er·al·ize

verb \kə-ˈla-t(ə-)rə-ˌlīz\
col·lat·er·al·izedcol·lat·er·al·iz·ing

Definition of COLLATERALIZE

transitive verb
1
: to make (a loan) secure with collateral
2
: to use (as securities) for collateral

Steve Jobs resigns as CEO, named chairman | Reuters

Steve Jobs resigns as CEO, named chairman | Reuters

U.S. Is Aiding Governments That Persecute Christians

U.S. Is Aiding Governments That Persecute Christians

» Andrew Breitbart Discusses His Next Line of Attack: BigEducation.com - Big Government

» Andrew Breitbart Discusses His Next Line of Attack: BigEducation.com - Big Government

80 Percent of Congress Lacks Education in Business or Economics

80 Percent of Congress Lacks Education in Business or Economics

Bloomberg Bans Clergy From 9/11 Ceremony but Ground Zero Mosque OK - Sept. 11 - Fox Nation

Bloomberg Bans Clergy From 9/11 Ceremony but Ground Zero Mosque OK - Sept. 11 - Fox Nation

The Founders and Sound Money - Against Crony Capitalism

The Founders and Sound Money - Against Crony Capitalism

Michelle Obama accused of spending $10m in public money on vacations | Mail Online

Michelle Obama accused of spending $10m in public money on vacations | Mail Online

SEIU Praises Obama’s Stopping Deportations of Illegals | LaborUnionReport.com

SEIU Praises Obama’s Stopping Deportations of Illegals | LaborUnionReport.com

Slavery for Every Insignificant Underling?

The Daily Zen: 10 Thinkers, 20 Thoughts

The Daily Zen: 10 Thinkers, 20 Thoughts

Allen West: Obama 'Shredding' Constitution - Allen West - Fox Nation

Allen West: Obama 'Shredding' Constitution - Allen West - Fox Nation

Stossel: Almost Everything We're Taught Is Wrong - Education - Fox Nation

Stossel: Almost Everything We're Taught Is Wrong - Education - Fox Nation

The Cancer of Regulation | The Freeman | Ideas On Liberty

The Cancer of Regulation | The Freeman | Ideas On Liberty

The American Spectator : Ron Paul and the Neoliberal Reeducation Campaign

The American Spectator : Ron Paul and the Neoliberal Reeducation Campaign

Speaker Boehner: Underwhelming CBO Outlook Shows Obama Administration’s Policies Still Impeding Job Growth, Making It Harder to Balance the Budget | Speaker of the House John Boehner | speaker.gov

Speaker Boehner: Underwhelming CBO Outlook Shows Obama Administration’s Policies Still Impeding Job Growth, Making It Harder to Balance the Budget | Speaker of the House John Boehner | speaker.gov

Top States with the Worst Debt Trouble are Forced Union States | DRScoundrels

Top States with the Worst Debt Trouble are Forced Union States | DRScoundrels




Obama's precious IL is the worst on the list.





Top States with the Worst Debt Trouble are Forced Union States




After discovering that the Top 10 states with the highest tax rates were all Forced Union states, it comes as no surprise that the top states with the worst debt trouble are also Forced Union states. Back in January Forbes tallied up several factors to identify which states were in the worst debt trouble (50 being the worst). The ‘Debt Per Capita and Unfunded Pensions Per Capita’ number is how much is owed per person in the state. Forbes looked at the following:


The metrics we looked at for each state included unfunded pension liabilities, changes in tax revenue, credit agency ratings, debt as a percentage of Gross State Product, debt per capita, growth expectations for employment and the state economy, net migrations and a moocher ratio that compares government employees, pension burdens and Medicaid enrollees to private-sector employment.



Forced Union vs Right-to-Work States:



Of the top 15 states with the worst debt troubles every one listed is a Forced Union state other than Mississippi and Louisiana. These states are outliers because they have assumed larger debt due to rebuilding after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. Of the top 15 states with the least debt troubles, all but 4 (New Hampshire, Montana, Colorado and Indiana) are Right-to-Work states. Note that in 2005 Governor Daniels of Indiana revoked the collective bargaining rights of public sector unions. It is also notable that the Forced Union states have a higher percentage of unionized government workers than the Right-to-Work states.

Interesting or expected? Is this completely the fault of the Governors for continually ignoring this ever growing problem or the State Legislatures? Public sector Unions have been able to make sweet pension and retirement benefit deals all across the country but they absolutely have more power in forced union states, especially when they ‘collectively bargain’ with the very people they elect – Democrats. This one-sided collective bargaining is no bargain for the taxpayers who are responsible for paying for this debt, the pension bills and the unfunded pension liabilities that will be coming up in future years.

According to Forbes:


The pension problem for state and city governments is one of the biggest debt hurdles localities face. The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a study in November that examined the unfunded pension liabilities for the 50 states and 39 largest local governments. It found that these entities had liabilities exceeding $530 billion, led by California on the state level at $62 billion and New York City on a city basis at $60 billion.

Forbes turned to professors Robert Novy-Marx and Joshua D. Rauh to calculate the pension problem. They came up with numbers that are frighteningly different, yet to Forbes more accurate – $3.2 Trillion in cumulative unfunded pension liabilities. This number has also been touted as the more accurate number across the country by other financial experts and economists.


Even their estimates of future costs, high as they seem, are far lower than can be expected. Pension benefits are based on an employee’s final working years, for example, so as state workforces age the pension obligations rise dramatically. These estimates also don’t include any future workers added to the state payroll. (emphasis added)

To get an idea of what states are spending your hard-earned tax dollars on each year you can visit U.S. Government Spending. A few examples of the Forced Union states’ budgets and Right-to-Work states’ budgets for the year 2010 are listed below.





The first thing that screams out from the pie charts above is that Right-to-Work states spend more of their budget on Education than any of the Forced Union states. Funny how teachers’ unions are constantly whining about needing more money for education yet their beloved Forced Union states spend less on it. Pensions in the Forced Union states above are 14% of the total state budget for 2010 – in Illinois that is more than they spend on Education; in New Jersey and Wisconsin it is the same amount as spent on welfare. Virginia is the exception to the rule above with pension vs. welfare spending – they actually spend more on pensions than welfare.

What is going to happen when Governors and Legislators finally tackle the unfunded pension liabilities in the Forced Union states? The states cannot ask the already ‘Taxed Enough Already’ tax payers for an increase in taxes. The people simply cannot afford it. Cuts in spending will have to be made – where will that happen? Cuts to welfare? Cuts to health care? Even if unions agree to contribute more to their pension plans and retirement health care plans, it is not going to be enough to cover the liabilities that will be coming due. With collective bargaining, the unions can collectively bargain to change their contributions to a lower amount in the next contract round and will likely get that ‘bargain’ if a Democrat is in office.

The bottom line is that Forced Union states not only have the highest tax rates but they are also in the worst debt trouble compared to Right-to-Work states. Public Sector unions have too much power over the politicians and tax payers. The tax payers have absolutely zero say in any contract negotiations other than voting in politicians who are willing to ‘face the music’ and the reality of the outrageous retirement benefits that unions have been able to negotiate for years. With many states now trying to curb health and retirement benefit collective bargaining power and many attempting to become Right-to-Work states – the numbers, the history, the future and the facts state their cases for them quite clearly.

Cross-posted at www.anystreet.org & www.modernconservative.com


Flashback: Obama calls adding $4 trillion to national debt “unpatriotic” « Hot Air

Flashback: Obama calls adding $4 trillion to national debt “unpatriotic” « Hot Air


Commentary: Right-to-work states, not union, create needed jobs - San Jose Mercury News

Commentary: Right-to-work states, not union, create needed jobs - San Jose Mercury News

Commentary: Right-to-work states, not union, create needed jobs

Updated: 08/18/2011 08:03:26 PM PDT

Despite a $6 billion windfall in tax revenue, the unions representing government employees and teachers are clamoring to raise taxes. Instead of allocating the money from this windfall for education and safety, the Legislature spent it on programs such as requiring hotels to provide fitted sheets on their beds (I am not kidding). By the way, this bill was supported by the hotel workers union. This way, the Democrats blow the money on nonsense and claim they still need to raise taxes.

Just to show you how bad things really are, San Jose City Councilman Pete Constant is being sued by the city's employee union because he refuses to hire an administrative assistant that he says he doesn't need. He wants to save the taxpayers' money, where the union wants to spend it for no other reason than to support a union position.

To go even farther, the teachers union is urging Gov. Jerry Brown to extend taxes that are due to expire at the end of the year, without a vote of the people. David Sanchez, the union's president, says he is afraid that voters will reject the taxes if they're put on the ballot after they expire in June. As usual, they threaten further cuts in school spending if taxes are not raised. But the reality is that despite recent cuts, education spending and the student-teacher ratio are about the same as they were in 2004.

From 1970 to 2005, school spending per pupil--adjust-ed for inflation--doubled, while achievement

scores were flat. Over roughly that same time period, public school employment doubled per student, according to a study by researchers at the University of Washington. Comparing Texas and California, both have very similar demographics, yet Texas outperforms California on all four national tests across the demographic groups, despite spending less money per pupil.

Between 2004 and 2007, the state increased K-12 and community college funding to $56 billion from $47 billion. Even as student enrollment declined, schools added 4,000 teaching, 2,100 administrative and 5,200 student support jobs. Meanwhile, school districts that experienced a boom in property tax revenue increased teacher benefits and salaries. Those of you who voted for Measure C should feel a bit suckered right about now.

Just so you fully understand that raising taxes is not about saving education, you need to look at Compton. A majority of parents exercised their right under a new state law to petition to replace the administrators at McKinley Elementary School in Compton and invite a charter school operator to take over. McKinley is one of the worst schools in one of the worst-performing districts in the country.

Fewer than half of the Compton Unified School District's students graduate from high school, and only 3.3 percent of those graduates are eligible to attend California's public universities. The parents want McKinley to be run by Celerity Education Group, which operates three high-performing charter schools in the Los Angeles area.

The educational empire has not taken this well. At a PTA meeting, teachers urged parents to rescind their petitions, and during school hours they pressured students whose parents supported the trigger effort. When this intimidation failed, the school district suddenly came up with a new signature verification process. The district required parents, many of whom work multiple jobs, to show up at McKinley at appointed times on one of two days. It also required parents to bring official photo identification, knowing that some of them are illegal immigrants.

The parents have sued to stop this harassment. According to the parents' attorney Kirkland & Ellis, "The district is making it more difficult to petition a local school for reform than to vote for the president of the United States."

A judge issued a temporary restraining order stopping the district's verification gambit, so the empire struck back again, declaring at a hastily called community meeting that every petition had been disqualified on technicalities, as some petitions were stapled. Really, the parents will challenge this in court.

Meanwhile, the powers in Sacramento are trying to undermine the parent trigger statewide. On his first day in office, Gov. Brown replaced seven reform members of the state board of education with union allies, including a lobbyist for the California Teachers Association. The new board immediately announced that it would write new rules to govern parent trigger law, throwing out eight months of work by the previous board. In addition, state Assemblywoman Julia Brownley and new state school chief Tom Torlakson--both of whom voted against parent trigger law last year--are drafting what they call "clean-up legislation" to amend the law. Expect "cleanup" to equal repeal.

Despite the turn of events in last year's November election, where the rest of the country decided to turn toward the direction of fiscal responsibility, California re-elected the same people who got us into this mess. The Democrats have controlled both houses of the state legislature for the last 12 years. California has had a budget deficit for the last 10 years. That should tell you something.

The problem lies with government unions that have a guaranteed revenue stream from employee dues that they use to finance political campaigns favoring unions. The teachers' union gave generously to Brown's campaign and now is asking him to ignore the voters and raise taxes.

California needs to become a right-to-work state. Right-to-work states have tended to do much better than non-right-to-work states. Contrary to much union rhetoric, right-to-work laws don't ban or bust unions. They simply grant individual workers the right to join or not join, even once a workplace is organized by a union.

But as we have seen in Wisconsin, unions will do anything to prevent that from happening. The reason is that workers who decline to join the union can't be forced to have dues taken out of their paycheck. That means the union won't have a guaranteed source of funds to finance union political campaigns.

Right-to-work states outperform force-union states in almost every measurable category and worker well-being. A new study by economist Richard Vedder finds that from 2000 to 2008, some 4.7 million Americans moved from forced-union to right-to-work states. The study also found that from 1977 through 2007, there was "a very strong and highly statistically significant relationship between right-to-work laws and economic growth." Right-to-work states experienced a 23 percent faster rise in per capita income over that period. The regions that have lost the most jobs in recent years are mostly forced-union states.

We need government services, but we don't need government unions that control our legislature. Even FDR knew this was wrong.

Mark Fantozzi is a Cupertino resident and president of The Fantozzi Company, Inc., an engineering consulting firm.


‘Conan The Barbarian’ Scripter Answers: “What’s It Like To Flop At The Box Office?” – Deadline.com

‘Conan The Barbarian’ Scripter Answers: “What’s It Like To Flop At The Box Office?” – Deadline.com

China: The world's new superpower is beginning the century of its supremacy with an alarming surplus of males | Mail Online

China: The world's new superpower is beginning the century of its supremacy with an alarming surplus of males | Mail Online

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

FRINGE - Where is Peter Bishop? Teaser 4

China: The world's new superpower is beginning the century of its supremacy with an alarming surplus of males | Mail Online

China: The world's new superpower is beginning the century of its supremacy with an alarming surplus of males | Mail Online

The Raven (2012) - IMDb

The Raven (2012) - IMDb

» Obama Labor Department to Re-Define Term ‘Employer’ to Exclude Union Bosses – Eliminates Union Disclosure - Big Government

» Obama Labor Department to Re-Define Term ‘Employer’ to Exclude Union Bosses – Eliminates Union Disclosure - Big Government

Cronyism, Corruption.

5.9 earthquake hits Virginia, jolts N.Y. and Carolinas - latimes.com

5.9 earthquake hits Virginia, jolts N.Y. and Carolinas - latimes.com


Rare Strong Earthquake Hits Colorado - NYTimes.com

Rare Strong Earthquake Hits Colorado - NYTimes.com

India Extends Olive Branch to Hazare - WSJ.com

India Extends Olive Branch to Hazare - WSJ.com

UN Human Rights Council Condemns Syria | Middle East | English

UN Human Rights Council Condemns Syria | Middle East | English

Syrian Activists Form Opposition Coalition | USA | English

Syrian Activists Form Opposition Coalition | USA | English

Visitors moved by first look at MLK Jr. memorial – USATODAY.com

Visitors moved by first look at MLK Jr. memorial – USATODAY.com

Chamber: White House Review Won’t “Make Any Impact on the Overall Regulatory Burdens” Facing Job Creators | Speaker of the House John Boehner | speaker.gov

Chamber: White House Review Won’t “Make Any Impact on the Overall Regulatory Burdens” Facing Job Creators | Speaker of the House John Boehner | speaker.gov

Obama Smuggling Guns and Registering Yours - Page 1 - Chuck Norris - Townhall Conservative

Obama Smuggling Guns and Registering Yours - Page 1 - Chuck Norris - Townhall Conservative

Shariah Abolished for Greek Muslims | Greece.GreekReporter.com Latest News from Greece

Shariah Abolished for Greek Muslims | Greece.GreekReporter.com Latest News from Greece

SICK: Psychiatric Group Wants to Normalize Pedophilia - Sex Crimes - Fox Nation

SICK: Psychiatric Group Wants to Normalize Pedophilia - Sex Crimes - Fox Nation

they want to remove the psychosis from the book of crazy. these people are sick, it is the worst of mental dysfunctions, any child with a ruined life agrees with me, burn this demented establishment to the ground and make them immensely suffer. then go to www.familywatchdog.us and use the map to rid society of this evil. Some people kill bums, everyone should kill pedophiles.

Fabian Society - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Fabian Society - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Obama Leans Harder On Labor As His Fortunes Fall | FoxNews.com

Obama Leans Harder On Labor As His Fortunes Fall | FoxNews.com

Issue Analysis: The Fight to Make the Public University System Work for Students | FreedomWorks

Issue Analysis: The Fight to Make the Public University System Work for Students | FreedomWorks

Monday, August 22, 2011

Romney to New Libyan Government: Extradite Lockerbie Bomber | Mitt Romney for President

Romney to New Libyan Government: Extradite Lockerbie Bomber | Mitt Romney for President


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Mitt Romney today issued the following statement on the situation in Libya:

“The world is about to be rid of Muammar el-Qaddafi, the brutal tyrant who terrorized the Libyan people. It is my hope that Libya will now move toward a representative form of government that supports freedom, human rights, and the rule of law. As a first step, I call on this new government to arrest and extradite the mastermind behind the bombing of Pan Am 103, Abdelbaset Mohmed Ali al-Megrahi, so justice can finally be done.”


The House Republican Plan for America's Job Creators - GOP.gov

The House Republican Plan for America's Job Creators - GOP.gov

Obama | Archuleta | Illegal immigration | The Daily Caller

Obama | Archuleta | Illegal immigration | The Daily Caller

The Devil's Dictionary - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Devil's Dictionary - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

George Carlin

"I don't like ass kissers, flag wavers or team players. I like people who buck the system. Individualists. I often warn people: "Somewhere along the way, someone is going to tell you, 'There is no "I" in team.' What you should tell them is, 'Maybe not. But there is an "I" in independence, individuality and integrity.'" Avoid teams at all cost. Keep your circle small. Never join a group that has a name. If they say, "We're the So-and-Sos," take a walk. And if, somehow, you must join, if it's unavoidable, such as a union or a trade association, go ahead and join. But don't participate; it will be your death. And if they tell you you're not a team player, congratulate them on being observant."
George Carlin

Dallas Morning News: Duncan flat-out lied about Texas education « Hot Air

Dallas Morning News: Duncan flat-out lied about Texas education « Hot Air

Dallas Morning News: Obama Education Secretary Flat-out Lied About Texas Education - Arne Duncan - Fox Nation

Dallas Morning News: Obama Education Secretary Flat-out Lied About Texas Education - Arne Duncan - Fox Nation

Mongrel Nation with Eddie Izzard (3 episode DC Documentary) (download torrent) - TPB

Mongrel Nation with Eddie Izzard (3 episode DC Documentary) (download torrent) - TPB

Sunday, August 21, 2011

How To Have God's Life Living In You by Tony Alamo

How To Have God's Life Living In You by Tony Alamo

Assad says Syria to hold parliamentary elections in Feb. : state TV

Assad says Syria to hold parliamentary elections in Feb. : state TV

UAW President Bob King Calls Entry-Level Wages "Not Livable" - autoevolution

UAW President Bob King Calls Entry-Level Wages "Not Livable" - autoevolution

21st of August 2011 | 15:21 GMT |

UAW President Bob King Calls Entry-Level Wages "Not Livable"


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UAW’s president Bob King breaks the ice and cuts straight to the chase when negotiating with the Detroit Three for higher entry-levels wages and improvement of the parts suppliers' business relation. Also, he explained that the $14 an hour wage which most entry-levels workers receive at the Detroit Three is not “a livable wage.”

A $14-an-hour wage translates into $29,120 annual income for an individual worker. Also, the Detroit Three can afford to pay its workers better or could face the threat of losing them in favor of better jobs if there will be no improvement made regarding their issues. "We've got to raise those wages so workers will want to stay and workers can support their families by working full-time in the auto industry," Bob King was quoted as saying by Automotive News.

It is worth mentioning the fact that Chrysler has the most entry-level workers. Detroit Three smallest manufacturer’s entry-level workers earn wages and benefits that are half those of traditional UAW-represented auto workers. Figures revealed the fact that out of 23,000 US hourly work force about 5,000 are entry level. Among those Ford Motor Co. has about 2,000 entry-level workers and temporaries out of 41,000 US hourly workers. King explained that the compensation of parts supplier workers also is a big issue.

He said that the UAW is trying to avoid Detroit Three’s counterparts to pay suppliers more for parts so they can pay their workers more. "We have to collectively find solutions so that the supplier companies are getting a fair price so they can be viable long-term and, in turn, pay their workers a good, middle-class standard of living," Bob King, UAW President was cited by the aforementioned source.

Obama To Have U.N. Rebuild 'The American Dream' - In Their Image :: TeaParty.org

Obama To Have U.N. Rebuild 'The American Dream' - In Their Image :: TeaParty.org

United Nations believes that wealth and consumption were built on the backs of the poor and must thus be re-distributed from the rich to those who decided to work less, study less, and play the game of victiomology.

YOU Decide #1 - Obama


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Obama in 'Deep Trouble' 'Utterly Failed' :: TeaParty.org

Obama in 'Deep Trouble' 'Utterly Failed' :: TeaParty.org

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The Fairbanks 912 Project

Factory jobs going unfilled

Factory jobs going unfilled

Jobs & economy

Factory jobs going unfilled

Area, state manufacturers report difficulties finding employable workers.

By Thomas Gnau, Staff Writer Updated 2:09 AM Sunday, August 21, 2011

DAYTON — For many area residents, finding jobs right now is tough. But for Rob Baker, manager of the local Behr Thermal Products plant, finding good employees is just as difficult.

Behr, which employs 1,000 people in Dayton, could use dozens of additional workers now. “We could bring in 55 more tomorrow,” Baker said, snapping his fingers.

But the German auto parts producer — whose customers include General Motors, Ford, BMW and Mercedes-Benz — regularly encounters local applicants who can’t read at an eighth-grade level, can’t pass a drug screen or aren’t willing to put in eight hours on their feet, Baker said.

Baker is not alone. Other state and local manufacturing industry insiders report similar problems finding workers with basic work skills or even a simple desire to work hard at a time when manufacturing in Ohio is rebounding.

“It’s the soft skills that are in shortage,” said Eric Burkland, president of the Ohio Manufacturing Association. “It’s things like passing a drug test. It’s coming to work on time.”

“To find young folks interested in the manufacturing and machine tool trade, with skills and a good work ethic, is getting difficult,” said Michael van Haaren, president and chief operating officer of Troy’s Stillwater Technologies Inc. “For some, we even have to give a reward just for showing up for work, it seems.”

Ellyn Chaney, the Behr plant’s human resources manager, recalled that earlier this year, a worker asked to be fired because it would be easier for him to get unemployment benefits than work.

“It’s a vicious cycle,” Chaney said. “I think at this point in time, we’ve lost more people than we’re bringing into the plant.”

Manufacturing jobs are vital to Ohio’s economy. According to a 2010 Ohio Manufacturing Association report, manufacturing was the top private sector employer, comprising 14.11 percent of Ohio jobs in 2008, higher than health care and retail trade, second only to government.

At Behr’s Dayton plant, 1600 Webster St., the jobs available are unskilled labor positions at starting hourly wages of $11.65, including benefits such as tuition assistance. After the first 90 days, there are raises, and bonuses, such as an additional $1.76 an hour for coordinator positions. Four skilled trade positions, two electricians and two maintenance positions also are open.

Of the 259 candidates who have been offered jobs at the plant since January, 132 have made it through a hiring process that included an interview, an aptitude test, a 90-day hair follicle drug screen and other steps. Of those, 76 workers have stayed on the job to date, leading to a crunch for Behr just as the auto industry has experienced new strength (compared to the past two years). Workers are putting in seven-day weeks because there aren’t enough employees to do the work without extensive overtime, Baker and Chaney said.

“It’s been an unbelievable battle,” Chaney said.

Roy Turner Jr., president of the local union that represents Behr plant employees, International Union of Electronic Workers-Communication Workers of America Local 775, couldn’t be reached. But Jim Clark, president of the international, said Behr “will have to reconsider their overtime demands if they want to retain qualified new hires.”

Clark said he knows of about 100 graduates of the local Manufacturing Skills Standards Council program — an industry standards-based training, assessment and certification program to train workers in manufacturing — who are looking for full-time work.

Bill Lukens, chairman and chief executive of Stillwater Technologies, has 80 employees at his plant. But if he could find the right people, “We could probably take four or five right now,” he said.

“When we need to find young, good, technical people, with interest in the manufacturing field, they are very hard to find,” van Haaren said. “Competing manufacturing companies seem to be fighting over an ever smaller pool of people — who are aging fast.”

An estimated 200,000 “replacement workers” will be needed for Ohio manufacturing jobs in the next five years as older workers retire.

Further complicating matters is advancing technology, which requires new workers have greater skills and problem-solving abilities. And manufactures also acknowledge they let too many workers go during the recent recession.

“There are good manufacturing jobs that are not being filled because the talent pipeline was allowed to erode,” said John Gajewski, executive director of manufacturing for the Workforce and Economic Development Division of Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland. “And now we have to develop that talent pipeline.”

He thinks it will take a partnership of community colleges, universities, businesses and government to begin to fill that gap.

“We in manufacturing need to do a better job of communicating the opportunities that are available in manufacturing, and we need our public partners to assist in that,” Burkland said.

There need to be “fewer walls” between educators and the manufacturing community, Burkland said, adding that he wants to see a return to job apprenticeships, internships and co-ops.

“Those are programs that work, and we know they work,” Burkland said.

Like Lukens, Gajewski believes educators, parents and students need to see manufacturing with fresh eyes.

A career in manufacturing “is a viable option, and it’s very important and honorable,” Gajewski said.

“It’s not your father’s job anymore,” Lukens said. “It’s considerably more sophisticated.”

How to apply to Behr

Go to the Dayton plant human resources office, 1600 Webster St., any business day from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. to complete a written application. Applicants must visit in person.

Manufacturing in Ohio

Manufacturing is responsible for almost 18 percent of the state’s gross domestic product. It contributes:

More than 500,000 jobs.

An annual payroll of more than $38 billion, the highest total annual wages of any economic sector in the state.

More than $34 billion in products to more than 213 countries and territories.

Source: Ohio Manufacturing Association 2010 report, “Ohio Powered by Manufacturing”


Dead Throne - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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THE STUPIDITY AND IDIOCY OF KEYNESIAN ECONOMICS | Citizen Tom

THE STUPIDITY AND IDIOCY OF KEYNESIAN ECONOMICS | Citizen Tom

THE STUPIDITY AND IDIOCY OF KEYNESIAN ECONOMICS

When challenger John Bell and Delegate Bob Marshall debated last week (see here), Bell twice cited economist John Maynard Keynes. To prove that President Barack Obama’s profligate spending makes sound economic sense, Bell cited the expertise of Keynes. Unfortunately, I doubt most people either understand or appreciate the sheer stupidity and idiocy of Keynesian Economics.

What is Keynesian Economics? Investopedia puts it this way.

What Does Keynesian Economics Mean?
An economic theory stating that active government intervention in the marketplace and monetary policy is the best method of ensuring economic growth and stability.

Investopedia explains Keynesian Economics
A supporter of Keynesian economics believes it is the government’s job to smooth out the bumps in business cycles. Intervention would come in the form of government spending and tax breaks in order to stimulate the economy, and government spending cuts and tax hikes in good times, in order to curb inflation.

Because they support government intervention, Democrats almost invariably support Keynesian Economics. Conservatives do not. Conservatives understand that in practice Keynesian Economics just gives Liberals one more excuse to increase government spending.

Who was John Maynard Keynes? In a flattering profile written by Robert B. Reich, Time Magazine had this to say.

Yet Keynes’ largest influence came from a convoluted, badly organized and in places nearly incomprehensible tome published in 1936, during the depths of the Great Depression. It was called “The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money.”

Keynes’ basic idea was simple. In order to keep people fully employed, governments have to run deficits when the economy is slowing. That’s because the private sector won’t invest enough. As their markets become saturated, businesses reduce their investments, setting in motion a dangerous cycle: less investment, fewer jobs, less consumption and even less reason for business to invest. The economy may reach perfect balance, but at a cost of high unemployment and social misery. Better for governments to avoid the pain in the first place by taking up the slack. (from here)

Keynes is the man who provided Liberal spenders an academically credible excuse for deficit spending. Ironically, Reich goes so far in defending Keynesian Economics that he credits World War II, not Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Democratic Party, with ending the Great Depression.

As the Depression wore on, Roosevelt tried public works, farm subsidies and other devices to restart the economy, but he never completely gave up trying to balance the budget. In 1938 the Depression deepened. Reluctantly, F.D.R. embraced the only new idea he hadn’t yet tried, that of the bewildering British “mathematician.” As the President explained in a fireside chat, “We suffer primarily from a failure of consumer demand because of a lack of buying power.” It was therefore up to the government to “create an economic upturn” by making “additions to the purchasing power of the nation.”

Yet not until the U.S. entered World War II did F.D.R. try Keynes’ idea on a scale necessary to pull the nation out of the doldrums — and Roosevelt, of course, had little choice. The big surprise was just how productive America could be when given the chance. Between 1939 and 1944 (the peak of wartime production), the nation’s output almost doubled, and unemployment plummeted — from more than 17% to just over 1%. (from here)

Please note Reich’s curious notion of “productivity.” By 1944 the United States had become a gigantic war machine, productivity then being ultimately defined by the ability to destroy and eradicate entire nations.

Prosperity did not actually return until the end of the war. When World War II ended, America finally emerged from the poverty of the Great Depression and the self denial required to win World War II. With the war’s end, government spending and economic control radically decreased.

After years of poverty and then war, Americans had had enough of government. To the surprise of many, the economy slipped quite easily from war to peace with very little government intervention.

So what did Keynes contribute? Keynes poorly written economic tome provided yet one more excuse for government to spend more money than we pay in taxes. When Democrats want to spend money we don’t have, they simply proclaim the virtues and necessity of Keynesian Economics.

In an earlier post, THE STUPIDITY CYCLE, I bemoaned the expected passage of a stimulus bill. What did that post say? Despite Reich’s claims to the contrary, there is no real consensus among economists about government’s role in the economy. Our politicians cannot explain how a stimulus bill helps the economy. Their theory and their numbers don’t add up.

What that post did not explain is why Keynesian Economics cannot work. What is the problem? Government spending and private spending have distinctly different motivations. Government spending is controlled by politicians. Instead of economic values, political gains motivate government spending. Instead of being central to government spending, profit and economic efficiency are incidental to government spending.

Consider what happens in the private economy. When we spend our own money, we want something of value. So almost every time money changes hands, more value is added of our economy. In fact, to get our hands on a dollar in the private economy, each of us has to work and contribute something somebody else needs. The farmer has to grow a crop. The railroad engineer has to take grain to mill. The trucker has to carry cereal to a grocery store. The grocery store clerk has to stock shelves and sell consumer products. And so forth.

On the other hand, when a conniving politician spends a dollar, the value he wants is influence. To satisfy a politician, government spending has to buy the votes he needs. That is why so much government spending involves entitlements and welfare. This is money given away to buy votes. As important as our votes may be, our votes add little value to our economy. Thus, much of the money government spends is wasted just to buy votes.

Charity, of course, is noble. In fact, it is because charity is too important and too costly we cannot entrust it to elected officials. Such have a conflict of interest that is just too obvious. Thus, when Bell proclaims the virtues of Keynesian Economics, we know he is unqualified for the job he seeks.


Archbishop: New York Times, Newsweek, CNN, MSNBC Not ‘Trustworthy’ on Religion | CNSnews.com

Archbishop: New York Times, Newsweek, CNN, MSNBC Not ‘Trustworthy’ on Religion | CNSnews.com

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Red Mass Group - News & commentary about Massachusetts and beyond...

Patrick-Murray spend $1.3M for UMass Medical to Study How to Help Fat Teachers Lose Weight

by: Rob "EaBo Clipper" Eno

Sun Aug 21, 2011 at 08:31:40 AM EDT

As many of you know I have a tortured history with weight. Over the past ten years I've been as high as 360 lbs at least four times, including this past winter. I'm now about 293 and still losing. One could rightfully call me fat.

Now I know that there is a simple method to losing weight. Eat less calories than you expend. If you do that for a long enough time, you'll lose weight. You just need the discipline, sometimes this is easier said than done.

What amazes me is that the Patrick-Murray administration thought is was a good idea to spend $1.3M of stimulus money with UMass Medical to figure out how to teach teachers that simple fact.

What did the $1.3M get UMass Medical to do? You'll see after the jump.

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Patrick-Murray spending $1.5M of Stimulus Funds in Pennsylvania to Study Plastic Solar Panels

by: Rob "EaBo Clipper" Eno

Sat Aug 20, 2011 at 06:52:49 AM EDT

Over the past week, we've seen how the Patrick-Murray administration is wasting money on weatherization home repairs to you neighbor's home. If you missed those stories you can see them here, here, haere, and here.

Today we find out that the Patrick-Murray administration is spending to $16M to study plastic solar panels, and $1.5 M of it is being spent with two Pennsylvania institutions of higher learning.

That's right Pennsylvania State University and the University of Pittsburgh are getting $1.5M combined of the money that was supposed to create jobs in Massachusetts. What are they doing with the money? Go after the jump to find out.

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Boston Herald Picks up on Weatherization Waste Story

by: Rob "EaBo Clipper" Eno

Fri Aug 19, 2011 at 08:43:21 AM EDT

Boston Herald columnist Michael Graham picks up on the stimulus waste story you saw first at Red Mass Group. Graham writes:
Perhaps in an attempt to cover up the unmitigated disaster that is Evergreen, the Patrick administration this week sent out a press release touting the 10,000th home weatherized using the Obama stimulus.
Now anyone who remembers last winter’s 70-plus inches of snow,  er “global warming flakes,” knows weatherizing in New England is a good idea. What Patrick neglected to mention, however, is the price tag for this “job-creating stimulus.”
So my friend Rob Eno at RedMassGroup.com whipped out his calculator for us: “According to the Patrick administration,” Eno reports, “the total available weatherizing grant is $125 million. Patrick projects that 400 full-time jobs will be created. If I take $125 million and divide it by 400 jobs, I get $312,500 per job.”
Please share these stories with those you know. The more people realize the waste in this program, and bug their representatives about it, the more chance we'll have at an investigation into the waste.
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Home Weatherization is Cash Cow for Non-Profits Who Keep 30% of Money for Themselves

by: Rob "EaBo Clipper" Eno

Fri Aug 19, 2011 at 08:12:49 AM EDT

Over the past few days we've been taking a look at the weatherization program touted by the Patrick Murray administration. We've learned the following:

* The Patrick-Murray administration has spent $7500 per home to "weatherize".

* The Patrick-Murray administration will spend $312.5K per full time equivalent job by the end of this program.

What we'll learn today is that this majority of the funds spent in this program are funneled through non-profits, and those non-profits keep a significant portion of the money for themselves.

Of the $75M spent so far on weatherization projects, $69.8M of it has been funneled through so called Community-Development non-profits. Of that $69.8M only 70% of it is actually spent hiring contractors to do weatherization. The other close to 30% is spent by the non-profits (see table below).

Non-Profits are spending for themselves anywhere from 18.3% of the money they are given to spend on the low end to 47.2% on the high end.

One of these non-profits, Greater Lawrence Community Council, has been under fire for a relatively no-show executive director. In addition, you may remember that they paid for Willy Lantigua's heating fuel while he lived with his girlfriend.

As we've seen all too recently, the non-profit sector in Massachusetts has been racked with scandal and outsized executive salaries. It is incumbent upon the Auditor of the Commonwealth to find out how these non-profits spent the 30% of this money that didn't go to fixing homes.

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Patrick-Murray spending $312.5K/ job on stimulus funded "weatherization" of your neighbor's house

by: Rob "EaBo Clipper" Eno

Thu Aug 18, 2011 at 06:18:21 AM EDT

A story is only half told if only one side has been presented. - Icelandic Proverb

When the Patrick-Murray administration issues a press release in the middle of August, and the press runs it with only half the story, I get suspicious. Such was the case this week with the story on the the number of "paychecks" Governor Patrick and Tim Murray created weatherizing homes. No where in that story was listed how much money was spent on this project.

Luckily the state is keeping track of all the money spent in the Stimulus, including how many full time equivalent jobs are being created. You however have to dig for the information. Yesterday afternoon I dug further into the information and found that Patrick-Murray has spent $75M of $125M alloted so far on the projects.

Last night I did a little more digging to find out how many jobs that $125M is on track to create. Would it shock you if I told you 400 jobs? Well that's what the people in the Patrick-Murray administration that write the report are hoping.

The ARRA Weatherization program anticipates creating over 400 full-time positions within the Commonwealth's Weatherization Subgrantee agencies and private-sector weatherization contractors. The number of energy auditors employed at the 12 non-profit and housing agencies that operate the ARRA WAP program has increased from 38 to 92 full time positions since ARRA began. Prior to ARRA, 55 private-sector weatherization contractors worked statewide for the Subgrantee agencies to meet annual Department of Energy Weatherization Assistance Program goals for installing energy-saving measures. Three more contractors joined the program this quarter so as of June 30, 2011, one-hundred and thirty contractors (130) have worked on ARRA WAP projects. As part of its support for workforce development, up to $1 million in ARRA Weatherization funding was committed to the MassGREEN Initiative to "develop, maintain, and deliver workforce career training for energy efficiency and building science in Massachusetts." Massachusetts community colleges began offering weatherization business development courses and Building Performance Institute (BPI) Training and Certification courses in addition to the energy efficiency technologies training courses. The program targets two primary audiences: building contractors and unemployed trades people looking to gain new green building skills and unskilled or under-skilled workers who work for contractors. DHCD expects that it will be an outstanding resource for the MA Weatherization Assistance Program.

Now, because of the title you may have done some quick math. According to the Patrick-Murray administration the total available grant pool is $125,000,000, of which $75,000,000 has been spent. The Patrick-Murray administration above States that it is their hope that 400 full time equivalent positions will be created. Now if I take $125M and divide it by 400 jobs I get $312,500 per job. Since the Federal Government is on track to borrow $040 of every dollar it spends that means that $125,000 of that number is borrowed.

Now I don't know about you, but $312,500 per created job seems a bit excessive.

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Deval Patrick Spends $7,500, $3,000 of it borrowed, per home to "weatherize"

by: Rob "EaBo Clipper" Eno

Wed Aug 17, 2011 at 12:36:35 PM EDT

One of the important items missing items in the touting of the "weatherization" of your neighbor's house that Deval Patrick touted yesterday, is the total program cost. using the mass.gov stimulus spend dashboard it looks as if $75M has been spent out of $125M allocated. That means we've spent $7,500 per home.
Statewide Details as of July 25, 2011
Award Amount: $125,077,457
Commitments: $118,474,338
Spending to Date: $75,110,652
Federal Funding from: Department of Energy
State Managing Agency: Department of Housing and Community Development
Award Received on: April 01, 2009
Award Number: EE0000130
Primary Award Location: 24 Beacon St.
BOSTON, MA 02133-1099

What contractors got the awards? It seems like a lot of Non-Profit community organizing organizations did.

The numbers also work out to $25,000 per "paycheck".

Does it really cost $7,500 per home to "weatherize" a home?

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Obama borrows $0.40 of every dollar Deval Patrick spends fixing up your neighbor's house

by: Rob "EaBo Clipper" Eno

Wed Aug 17, 2011 at 10:17:42 AM EDT

(Our good friend Michael Graham has a whole bunch more that you're helping your neighbor with at his blog. - promoted by Rob "EaBo Clipper" Eno)

The impersonal hand of government can never replace the helping hand of a neighbor. -Hubert H. Humphrey

Is it just me? I can't help thinking that being forced, through government coercion, to help my neighbor repair his home is antithetical to American values. Yet that is what Deval Patrick just touted in the "stimulus" program that supposedly fixed 10,000 homes on your borrowed dime. $0.40 of every dollar spent on this program was borrowed, adding to the debt our children will be burdened with.

Patrick said the initiative has not only saved money and energy for thousands of families but has also helped create much needed jobs as the state works to climb out of the recent recession.

Administration officials said that as of the end of July, the federal stimulus funded program has provided work for 129 private sector weatherization contractors and 21 special purpose electrical and heating contractors.

Nearly 3,000 individuals have received a stimulus-funded paycheck.

The article doesn't state how much money we spent on this. Only general feel good numbers. On those 3,000 individuals that received a "paycheck". Was it for just one week?

The question remains, how much money did it cost to generate 3,000 one time "paychecks"?

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