In 2004, Hofstra University professor Dr. Carol Shakeshaft published a report for the United States Department of Education titled “Educator Sexual Misconduct: A Synthesis of Existing Literature.” It was presented to Congress as part of the No Child Left Behind Act. In it, Shakeshaft stated:(from bigjournalism.com)
As a group, these studies present a wide range of estimates of the percentage of U.S. students subject to sexual misconduct by school staff and vary from 3.7 to 50.3 percent. Because of its carefully drawn sample and survey methodology, the AAUW report that nearly 9.6 percent of students are targets of educator sexual misconduct sometime during their school career presents the most accurate data available at this time.
According to a study she did of abuse complaints against Catholic priests over a five decade period she concluded that “…the physical sexual abuse of students in schools is likely more than 100 times the abuse by priests.”
We all remember the media outrage over the Catholic priest scandals. To this day it’s a common trope in films and TV to have priests associated with child molesting. It was as if the press wanted to shut down the Catholic Church with their coverage. When you consider how anti-religious many progressive reporters are, it comes as no surprise.
But this story, involving mainly public schools, silently went away. The government, not wanting the legal nightmare that would follow, let the whole matter drop.
A story like this should have been huge, but the press had a vested interest in protecting academia. Public schools might get complained about in terms that would motivate politicians to pour more tax dollars into them. But any story that would inspire parents to pull their kids out en masse is spiked. The public institutions that statists love so much, despite their many failings, are protected. The progressive agenda trumped what should have been the story of the year.
But every action or inaction has consequences. Thanks to their deals with the unions, teachers accused of sexually molesting or harassing kids, among other things, are paid to sit by and do nothing. To the tune of $65 million a year in New York alone. And this is a state going bankrupt.
In California, just in L. A. county alone, it’s $10 million a year as of 2009. Another state on its way to bankruptcy. Of course, the lawsuits that would rain down on these schools if a scandal like the one that hit the church happened, well…the states would have even bigger problems. But then, if they were doing their job, if they didn’t have absurd deals with unions, this would all be moot.
But once again we see what the unholy alliance of government and unions brings about. Employees that can’t be fired, soaking the taxpayers for millions of dollars a year. Bureaucracies that protect and defend systems that allow for the numbers of crime you’d expect in a state of anarchy. The press is not doing its job. It certainly isn’t looking out for the people. It is defending and protecting an out of control government that is taxing the public to the extremes, wasting our money and allowing criminals to benefit.
How's this for an investment?(from directorblue.blogspot.com)
You pay a total of $124,000 into your pension plan and, upon retiring at age 49 you receive $3.3 million in pension payments and $500,000 in health care benefits. You receive $3.8 million in total on a $124,000 investment.
You pay a total of $62,000 towards a pension plan and absolutely nothing for health care (medical, dental and vision coverage) over your working career. Upon retirement, you are paid $1.4 million in pension and $215,000 in health care benefits. You receive $1.6 million on a $62,000 investment.
These are real world examples from New Jersey's crushing public sector union retirement plans paid for by the state's taxpayers. Republican Governor Chris Christie is demanding drastic actions to prevent New Jersey from falling off the precipice and into full-fledged bankruptcy.
The Obama administration's controversial abandonment of a voter-intimidation case against members of the New Black Panther Party is bordering on sinister. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. should appoint a thoroughly independent special counsel to look into the Black Panther case immediately.
It was bad enough that the Justice Department flagrantly stonewalled an investigation of the matter by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, which soon will reschedule its weather-delayed first formal hearing on the subject. Now we learn from the "Main Justice" Web site that the person assigned by the department to oversee an internal investigation into the controversy is the leading candidate for a federal judgeship - for which she is being vetted by some of the same offices she supposedly is investigating.
Imagine if ace reporter Carl Bernstein had been interviewing to be White House press secretary while he was covering the Watergate scandal. That gives a sense of the scope of the conflict of interest facing Mary Patrice Brown, head of the Justice Department's Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR). Main Justice reports that Ms. Brown "is expected to secure a nomination to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia."
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Authorities removed a statue of Barack Obama from a park in the Indonesian capital due to a public backlash and moved it Monday to a nearby elementary school that the U.S. president attended as a child.(from dailycaller.com)
The bronze statue, inspired by a childhood photograph of a 10-year-old Obama in shorts with a butterfly perched on an outstretched thumb, had been targeted by critics since it was erected in the Jakarta park last December. Detractors argued that an Indonesian hero should have been honored instead, noting that Obama still could pursue policies that hurt Indonesia’s interests.
Obama, whose American mother married an Indonesian after divorcing his Kenyan father, went to school in the capital from 1967 to 1971 and is regarded fondly by most Indonesians.
Edi Kusyanto, a teacher at the affluent government school Obama attended, said the 43-inch (110-centimeter) statue would be standing in the school grounds by the time the president visits Jakarta from March 20-22.
Three Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort employees were "happy" and "excited" to hear Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut agreed to a contract under Tribal law with 2,500 unionized table games dealers.(from themorningsun.com)
Larry Moldenhauer has been an employee of the Soaring Eagle for eight years, and said the first of its kind agreement between a union and a sovereign nation is what he hopes will take place in Mt. Pleasant.
"It took them 2 to 1 to get the union in there, Moldenhauer said of the Foxwoods Resort situation. "And it was a 3 to 1 vote that ratified the contract. That's pretty awesome."
Last year some Soaring Eagle employees contacted the United Auto Workers labor union for help in organizing locally.
Dan Fry and Susan Lewis also work for the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe's four-diamond resort and casino, and they were all smiles when they spoke of the UAW Local 2121, table games dealers at Foxwoods and the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe, which owns the nation's largest casino.
Lee Enterprises continues to push St. Louis-Post Dispatch union members to take a 15 percent wage cut in the first year of a new contract followed by 5 percent reductions in each of the second and third years.
The Davenport, Iowa-based publisher also wants to eliminate retiree health care.
“In the last week, the company has turned more acrimonious in its negotiations with the Guild,” the St. Louis Newspaper Guild wrote on its Web site last week. “We are now meeting twice a week with the company and a federal mediator is sitting in on negotiations. Things have gotten more serious … we are concerned that the company may soon move to declare impasse. This belief is based on a number of thinly veiled threats the company has issued across the bargaining table.”
Under federal law, if an impasse is reached, the company could break off negotiations and make its last offer.
“The Senate is the graveyard of legislation and that has always been true for labor law reform,” says Taylor Dark, assistant professor of political science at Los Angeles State, and author of the book The Unions and the Democrats: An Enduring Alliance. “Labor was a lot stronger in the sixties, and even then they couldn’t do it, largely because of the Senate.”
Every new Democratic administration since Johnson has had majorities in Congress, and they’ve worked labor laws through the House, only to be stopped in the Senate. Because of Congress’ failure to act, federal labor laws haven’t seen a progressive change since the New Deal in the 1930s.
If EFCA isn’t passed before this year’s midterm elections, its chances of passage will be next to nothing. If previous experience is anything to judge by, the support of President Obama and the current majorities in Congress will have a hard time overcoming the Senate’s arcane rules paired with a vehemently anti-union sentiment.