More Inmates today in US Prisons than in Stalin’s Gulag 6

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

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Paper: Massive Cheating in L.A., Other Schools Districts Across America 4

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

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Scott Baugh Joins GOP Hypocrites 13

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

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Another ‘Green’ Scandal Alert 6

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

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Legislators Shame Even Dick and Jane 5

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

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Consequences of Conservation 0

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

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Loophole Allows New Cal State Prez to Receive 20% Raise 3

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

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Brown’s Tax Canoe Headed For Water Fall 0

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

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Breton’s Embarrassing Suck Up 0

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

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Cal State’s Contempt for Public Disclosure 3

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

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