Whoever said there’s no such thing as a free lunch has never dined with Uncle Sam. Even as the nation teeters on the edge of the fiscal cliff, the feds have found $30 million in extra lunch money to shower on city schoolchildren in the name of hurricane relief. New York City’s 1.1 million public-school students can each get a free school lunch every day in December (and could have last month, too) — even if their homes were undamaged by the superstorm or they have no financial need. Some parents are furious that the feds put this spending ahead of aid for storm victims scrounging for cash to pay
Comments: Emperor Zero "making it rain" for his homeboys. No problem, the rest of us will work harder, maybe skip a few meals to accommodate.
The liberal Democrats are operating like the candy man, because they know that the half of the country who have no tax liability, and thus no skin in the game, will vote for them, and are pleased as punch to raise up the tax rates of the productive classes who do pay taxes. Those liberal Democrat class warfare policies are unsustainable, and are going to result in a lot less tax revenue being collected in the future.
FTA: "Kids regularly pay $1.50 for the lunches...Feds "reimburse" $2.95". Twice the price for un-needed "help". While those that DO need help can´t even get someone to answer a phone..let alone show up. "Forward!"
As many as 6,400 foreign visitors from China, India, Egypt, Pakistan, and other countries were allowed “unaccompanied access to numerous buildings” at a nuclear lab in Tennessee that is “the nation’s central repository for bomb-grade uranium” and is currently working on a $10 billion project to refurbish hundreds of aging B61 "bunker buster" bombs. Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) also conducts sensitive research on drones and early warning systems to detect chemical and biological warfare, according to an Office of Inspector General report released last month. Each visiting foreigner is given a site-specific individual security plan that lays out
Paterson – Antwon DeWitt is getting a $7,500 settlement from a federal lawsuit he filed accusing city police officers of beating him with a flashlight while they arrested him on a gun charge in 2010. But it may take a while before DeWitt has much freedom in spending the money. That’s because DeWitt, who is 30, has more than two years left to serve on the prison term that resulted from that arrest, according to state corrections records. City officials said they decided to settle the case rather than risk being forced to make a bigger payment to the inmate.
Monmouth County — A jury in New Jersey has awarded $800,000 to a former athletic director who claimed she was the victim of a hostile work environment because she´s a lesbian. The panel in Monmouth County reached the verdict Tuesday against the Holmdel school board. Laurie Cancalosi, 51, said she began a relationship with the then-principal of Holmdel High School two months after she was hired in 2004. She claimed the school board targeted her based on her sexual orientation and failed to act on her complaints beginning in 2005 and until she was fired in 2006. The principal was fired
At least we’re not New York. New Jersey once again has been declared one of the least-friendly states in the nation when it comes to business taxes. The Tax Foundation, a non-partisan Washington D.C. group, has ranked New Jersey 49th on its annual index of state taxes, in a report released today. The good news is that the Garden State´s ranking improved slightly over last year, when it was 50th. New York state captured that distinction this year. The bad news is that the state could end up slipping back to last place next year. The authors of the
They are more commonly seen being transported on ships and at ports around the world. But with the addition of flatscreen TVs, en-suite bathrooms and air conditioning, these shipping containers are now being billed as a solution to London’s housing crisis. The containers come from China and are transformed into studio apartments in Britain which can be stacked on top of each other - and are available to rent for only £75 a week. The scheme looks set to take off after the council granted planning permission to the Forest Young Man´s Christian Association (YMCA) to establish two sites in Waltham
A man standing on a crowded Muni train pulls out a .45-caliber pistol. He raises the gun, pointing it across the aisle, before tucking it back against his side. He draws it out several more times, once using the hand holding the gun to wipe his nose. Dozens of passengers stand and sit just feet away - but none reacts. Their eyes, focused on smartphones and tablets, don´t lift until the gunman fires a bullet into the back of a San Francisco State student getting off the train. Investigators say this scene was captured by a Muni camera on Sept. 23,
U.S. Navy SEALS from SEAL Team Six cut short their targeted operation against a top al-Shabaab commander in Somalia after a firefight at his seaside compound ended when they saw children and realized they could not capture their target. As details began emerging about the Friday night raid to capture Abdikadir Mohamed Abdikadir, known as “Ikrima,” Pentagon press secretary George Little said in a statement Monday the military personnel “conducted the operation with unparalleled precision.” Military sources told Fox News that military gear that was left behind, then photographed and tweeted out by al Shabaab, was typical of the gear
The former president of California´s biggest union local was sentenced Monday to 33 months in federal prison for stealing from his low-income members to finance an expensive lifestyle that included being married to two women at the same time. Declaring that Tyrone Freeman betrayed the "sacred trust" of the workers he represented, U.S. District Judge Audrey Collins also ordered him pay to about $150,000 in restitution and barred him from holding office in any union for 13 years after he is released from prison. "He lost sight of his mission," Collins said of Freeman, once a rising star in the
The UK´s school leavers are ´among the least literate and numerate in the developed world´ with millions of Britons no better at English or maths than a 10-year-old, it was revealed today. A ´deeply worrying´ new study has found the UK´s 16-to 24-year-olds are almost rock bottom of key global education league tables and ´considerably behind peers in other countries´. Standards are so poor that England is the only developed nation where those approaching retirement and the middle-aged are better at English and maths than those about to start work. Overall, in England, young people
Washington — It’s long been known that America’s school kids haven’t measured well compared with international peers. Now, adults don’t either. In math, reading and problem-solving using technology — skills considered critical for global competitiveness and economic strength — American adults scored below the international average on a global test, according to results released Tuesday. Adults in Japan, Canada, Australia, Finland and multiple other countries scored significantly higher than the United States in all three areas on the test. Beyond basic reading and math, respondents were tested on activities such as calculating mileage reimbursement, sorting email and comparing food expiration dates on
Three soldiers have been arrested over the fatal stabbing of one of their comrades from their own unit on their own base, it emerged today. The trio were held when one of them allegedly bragged to a friend that he had murdered somebody over the weekend and cut his hand on a knife. The victim, Tevin Geike, 20, was left for dead in a parking lot near his base in Lakewood, Washington. Previously police said they believed the attack was racially motivated because the attackers - allegedly a group of five African American men - called Tevin a ‘cracker’, a racist term for
Paterson – Just 26 of the 598 high school students in Paterson Public Schools who took the SAT tests this year had scores that reached the college and career readiness benchmark, according to statistics released by city education officials. That rate of 4.3 percent of pretty much matches last year’s performance when 4.4 percent, or 26 of 591 students, reached the college-career ready mark, the data shows. In 2011, 21 of 513 were college-career ready, or 4 percent. (Snip) “That scares me immensely,’’ said school board member Jonathan Hodges when asked about the disparity between the SAT performance and the
Families of fallen military service members usually receive a "death gratuity" of $100,000 for interment and expenses within days, but not during government shutdown. They paid the ultimate price serving their country — but their government can’t spare a cent to cover their funerals. The stooges on Capitol Hill added insult to tragedy Tuesday when it was revealed that the families of four soldiers and a Marine who were killed in Afghanistan have not received a $100,000 “death gratuity” because of the government shutdown....
Over the first four days the new online health insurance exchanges were open last week, more than 8 million people visited them, according to the Obama administration. At the very least, this casts doubt on the Republican claim that Americans hate Obamacare and want it repealed. It seems millions of people desperately want the coverage the law will allow them to get, regardless of their medical histories. Alas, the administration managed to turn the experience for most of those visitors into a nightmare. Websites crashed, refused to load, or offered bizarre and incomprehensible choices. Even though the system was shut down
From its earliest days, the Obama Administration has operated from a “community organizer” worldview, characterized by an “us” against “them” perspective. The President has repeatedly and in a variety of circumstances said, “Elections have consequences, and I won” as an excuse for yet another executive order, non-Constitutional decision, or “in-your-face” arrogant action. The President goes through the motions of listening to others: he claims to be bipartisan; he hosts White House confabs and talks about the need for compromise, but he always ends up saying, “I won,” and ends any pretense of discussion or negotiation. He explains that, as President,
Tractor-trailer drivers will intentionally clog the inner loop of the Washington, D.C., beltway beginning on the morning of Oct. 11, according to a coordinator of the upcoming "Truckers Ride for the Constitution" rally. Organizers of the three-day ride want to call attention to a litany of trucker frustrations and express their disapproval of national political leaders. Earl Conlon, a Georgia trucker who is handling logistics for the protest, told U.S. News tractor-trailer drivers will circle the beltway "three lanes deep" as he rides with other participants to Congress to seek the arrest of congressmen
I was at a dinner recently where I happened to be seated at a table with new acquaintances of the liberal political persuasion. We went around the table introducing ourselves. As I said that I work for a "conservative website," a man at the far end of the table made his displeasure known by booing. He wasn´t kidding. These were professional, accomplished, senior members of the community. They had never met a conservative before. Their first reaction was hostile. No one chided the man who booed, or apologized on his behalf for his rudeness, or laughed to break the tension.
Former presidential candidate Mitt Romney intends to buy a $9million Park City, Utah ski chalet to complement his family homes in California, Boston, and New Hampshire. The 8,730 foot vacation mansion is in the ski destination´s Deer Valley resort and, while it doesn´t have a $55,000 car elevator like Romney´s La Jolla home, the chalet does rest right on the slope and may be skied into and out of. The six bedroom home´s most noticeable features is its prevalence of wood. The lodge-like home features wooden floors, walls, and furniture that brokers call Utah rustic. The home was once featured
I’m tempted to call it a clown show but that would be insulting to clowns:(Snip for graphic) It ran for one hour and six minutes, with 12 different reporters being called on — although, notably, not Ed Henry of Fox News — and between them they couldn’t muster one question about the catastrophe that is Healthcare.gov or the spectacle of National Park Rangers locking senior-citizen tourists out of war memorials and/or inside their hotels. I admit that, near the end of it, when Twitter was already starting to buzz about the oh-fer on this week’s two unhappy topics, I started
WASHINGTON — Starting in about a decade, Kingston, Jamaica, will probably be off-the-charts hot — permanently. Other places will soon follow. Singapore in 2028. Mexico City in 2031. Cairo in 2036. Phoenix and Honolulu in 2043. And eventually the whole world in 2047. A new study on global warming pinpoints the probable dates for when cities and ecosystems around the world will regularly experience hotter environments the likes of which they have never seen before. And for dozens of cities, mostly in the tropics, those dates are a generation or less away. "This paper is both innovative and sobering," said
Top political strategist turned CNN anchor, Stephanie Cutter is pregnant with her first child at the age of 44. The Washington Post notes that there is no early word on who the father is and the blonde is thought to be single. A source told the publication that Ms Cutter, due in March, is ´very excited´ about the prospect of motherhood and otherwise, ´not dishing about the details of the pregnancy at all.´ Ms Cutter apparently announced the news of her pregnancy to her CNN colleagues on Monday. She will take maternity leave and return to Crossfire next spring.
Tyranny, being as endemic to the human condition as other similar privations of the human good such as ignorance, vice, or sickness, is as old as mankind. What may be new, however, is the uniquely intractable form of tyranny that is currently metastasizing throughout the world, namely the rule of an authoritarian plurality of societal parasites. Our next thousand years of darkness, if such be our fate, will begin under the governance of a "parasitocracy." The modern West has defied ancient wisdom on so many fronts, introducing new modes of existence and coexistence, spreading prosperity and promise in hitherto inconceivable measures,
While the U.S. has always been a beacon of medical advancement for the world, American women today are expected to live shorter lives than their mothers. Two recent studies found that life expectancy for women have decreased the last two decades. ´Health care is far from the whole story,´ David Kindig, co-author of one of the studies, told the Atlantic. ´More and more people are beginning to realize that the non-health-care factors are at least as important.´ [Snip] Kindig said he was so shocked by it´s outcome, that he and his research partner went back and did the numbers again
I am just wondering if Miriam Carey, the mentally ill mother who drove her black Infiniti down Pennsylvania Avenue after she rammed a White House barricade, was read her Miranda rights before she was shot dead in a fusillade of gunfire by a gang of well-armed police who surrounded her car at the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue. The information has not been released, though as I write almost a week has passed since the lethal event. Why could not those crack shots have aimed at her car’s tires. Then they could have waited for her next move. It looks