March, 2012

More Inmates today in US Prisons than in Stalin’s Gulag

Sunday, March 25th, 2012

John Seiler: Incredible. America now has more people in its stuffed prisons, 6 million, than were stuck in Stalin's gulag prison system. Reports Fareed Zakaria on CNN.com: "Is this hyperbole? Here are the facts. The U.S. has 760 prisoners per 100,000 citizens. That’s not just many more than in m...

Paper: Massive Cheating in L.A., Other Schools Districts Across America

Sunday, March 25th, 2012

MARCH 26, 2012 By JOHN SEILER Yesterday the Atlanta Journal-Constitution ran a series on massive cheating on school tests across America, "Cheating our children: Suspicious school test scores across the nation." It specifically looked at nine districts, including the Los Angeles Unified School Dis...

Scott Baugh Joins GOP Hypocrites

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

Steven Greenhut: Orange County Republican Party Chairman Scott Baugh has gained much well-deserved publicity for his "Manifesto" declaring that the party will not support candidates who take union support. But Baugh has turned his back on his manifesto, as epitomized by his headlining role at a fund...

Another ‘Green’ Scandal Alert

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

Katy Grimes: ECOtality, a San Francisco green-tech company which had been on the verge of bankruptcy, "received roughly $115 million in two separate Energy Department grants to build 14,000 electric vehicle charging stations in 18 cities," the Heritage Foundation reported today. "In its push to ...

Legislators Shame Even Dick and Jane

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

MAR. 23, 2012 By KATY GRIMES Political gamesmanship is as old as man and politics. The levels of gamesmanship, however, can either remain at mere power struggles and turf wars, or escalate to abuses of power. With 78 empty budget bills now in the hands of the legislative Democrats, many at the Ca...

Consequences of Conservation

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

March 23, 2012 Palo Alto residents have responded admirably to the city’s “Zero Waste” campaign, which aims to divert almost all the city’s trash from landfills to recycling centers by 2021. In fact, residents have done such a good job of recycling -- the city’s diversion rate has risen...

Loophole Allows New Cal State Prez to Receive 20% Raise

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

MARCH 23, 2012 By JOHN HRABE A loophole in the California State University’s new executive compensation policy will allow new Cal State Northridge President Dianne Harrison to earn a 20 percent raise over her current salary as president of Cal State Monterey Bay. Harrison, who annually earns $27...

Brown’s Tax Canoe Headed For Water Fall

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

MARCH 23, 2012 By WAYNE LUSVARDI California Gov. Jerry Brown likens himself to a canoeist who paddles a little to the Left then a little to the Right.  Lately, he has been paddling Left with labor unions to propose a new $9 billion tax increase that supposedly will plug an estimated $7 billion st...

Breton’s Embarrassing Suck Up

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

Steven Greenhut: No one would expect Sacramento Bee columnist Marcos Breton to take on a tough issue or defy conventional wisdom, but his March 21 bouquet to Mayor Kevin Johnson was uncomfortably embarrassing even by his standards. It's rare to find a journalist whose groveling includes anything thi...

Cal State’s Contempt for Public Disclosure

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

MARCH 22, 2012 By JOHN HRABE On Tuesday morning, I sent an email to three high-ranking officials at San Jose State University, requesting information about the executive compensation for former president Jon Whitmore and two key employees. By law, the school is required to disclose the information...