Egyptian Islamic cleric: “The Jews are behind the misery, the hardship, the usury, the whorehouses, and any form of corruption that is spread in the land”

Egyptian Islamic cleric: “The Jews are behind the misery, the hardship, the usury, the whorehouses, and any form of corruption that is spread in the land”

“Strongest among men in enmity to the believers wilt thou find the Jews…” — Qur’an 5:82

“Egyptian Cleric Ahmad ‘Eid Mihna: The Jews Are Behind Misery, Hardship, Usury, and Whorehouses,” from MEMRITV, January 10 (just posted):

The following are excerpts from an address delivered by Egyptian cleric Ahmad ‘Eid Mihna, which aired on Al-Shabab TV (Egypt) on January 10, 2010Ahmad ‘Eid Mihna: The Jews are behind the misery, the hardship, the usury, the whorehouses, and any form of corruption that is spread in the land. In the battle of Al-Ahzab [627 CE], the [attackers] were seemingly Arab – the Quraysh and Ghatafan tribes.

However, the main planners of this raid were Jews. The main financers of this raid were Jews. The main ideologists behind this raid were Jews. One can see that hatred and jealousy of the Prophet Muhammad were manifest in the Jews from the day the Prophet was born, and did not begin with the Battle of Al-Ahzab.

Some people think that the enmity between Islam and Judaism began with the emigration of the Prophet Muhammad to Al-Madina. This is not true. The black history of the Jews proves that they are against any reform effort in the world. That’s what the history of the Jews proves, and the Battle of Al-Ahzab fits the pattern.

The history of the Jews shows that they are against any reform movement in the world. Any reformer, Muslim or not, will be attacked by the Jews. The Jews are like that. They thrive only on civil strife, on the selling of arms, on usury, on whorehouses, and so on. […]

When the Prophet Muhammad reached Al-Madina, all the Jews felt their control of the city was quaking. Why? Because they used to exploit the naivete of the Arabs. They would entice them with money – usury and all that -and with the selling of arms. Thus, the two brothers – the Aws and the Khazraj tribes – fought between themselves, to the benefit of the Jews who sold them arms and practiced usury.

Allah be praised. Jews will be Jews-everywhere and always. Their innate characteristics include lying, deceiving, the practice of usury, and the selling of arms. Even when it comes to our brothers in Hamas – may Allah grant them victory – their number one source of weapons is the Jews. They buy weapons from Jewish traitors.

Theodore H. Frank: I am not afraid of my Toyota Prius

Theodore H. Frank: I am not afraid of my Toyota Prius

By: Theodore H. Frank
OpEd Contributor
March 11, 2010

Toyota President and Chief Executive Officer Akio Toyoda, left, and Yoshimi Inaba, right, president and chief executive officer, Toyota Motor North America, are sworn-in on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010, prior to testifying before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on Toyota. (AP)

I’ve been driving Toyota Priuses since 2001.  As a junior defense lawyer in the mid-90s, I litigated a number of bogus sudden acceleration cases that were brought against General Motors.

So the recent kerfuffle over alleged mysterious electronic problems with the Prius and other Toyotas has certainly caught my attention beyond just throwing my floor mat in the trunk.

I knew the public hysteria had reached unprecedented proportions when my father, a Ph.D. geologist skeptical of everything from George W. Bush to global warming (and that’s just the G’s), credulously emailed me repeatedly to demand I read a press release from a plaintiff’s lawyer on how to prevent runaway vehicles. 

The short answer: hit the brake and stay on it.  Every vehicle on the road today has a braking system more powerful than its engine.  Shift into neutral.  Then turn off the power.

So James Sikes, who made a dramatic 911 call from his Prius on Interstate 8 in San Diego earlier this week, is effectively claiming he had an electrical problem that affected his throttle, his brake, and his power system, because it took him over 20 minutes to stop his car.

Somehow no one in the press has asked Sikes how it is he could stop the car once it had slowed to 50 mph, but not when it was going 90 mph.  Have Balloon Boy and the finger-in-the-chili taught us nothing?

Even if one believes all the hype, the reaction so far has been a giant overreaction.  Fifty-odd deaths over 10 years and millions of Toyotas is a drop in the bucket compared to the general risk of being on the road at all.

It’s entirely possible that more people will be killed driving to the dealer for the recall than lives will be saved from going through the safety theater demanded by the Department of Transportation.

As Carnegie Mellon University Professor Paul Fischbeck calculates, I face 19 times more risk walking home the mile back from my Toyota dealer than I would driving a car that one assumes has the electronic defect.

But one shouldn’t believe the hype.  We went through this a generation ago with the Audi 5000 and other autos accused of sudden acceleration, and, again, mysterious unknowable car components were supposedly at fault.

In a North Carolina case I worked on, the plaintiff’s expert theorized that electromagnetic transmissions from submarines might have set off the throttle via the cruise control, though, unsurprisingly, he was not able to duplicate the effect while driving around electrical towers with much greater electromagnetic interference.

Back then, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) spent millions studying the issue.  They found that sudden acceleration was several times more likely among elderly drivers than young drivers, and much more frequent among the very short or someone who had just gotten into a vehicle.

Electromagnetic rays don’t discriminate by age and height, which suggests very much that human factors were at play: in other words, pedal misapplication.  A driver would step on the wrong pedal, panic when the car did not perform as expected, continue to mistake the accelerator for the brake, and press down on the accelerator even harder.

This had disastrous consequences in a 1992 Washington Square Park incident that killed five and a 2003 Santa Monica Farmers’ Market incident that killed ten—the New York driver, Stella Maycheck, was 74 (and quite short); the California driver, George Russell Weller, 86.

We’re seeing the same pattern again today.  Initial reports of a problem, followed by dozens of new reports “coming to light” as people seek to blame their earlier accidents on sudden acceleration.

Again, mysterious car components are at issue, this time, speculation of software or electronics going haywire.  But if the problem is software, it is manifesting itself a lot like the Audi sudden acceleration did.

The Los Angeles Times recently did a story detailing all of the NHTSA reports of Toyota “sudden acceleration” fatalities, and, though the Times did not mention it, the ages of the drivers involved were striking.

In the 24 cases where driver age was reported or readily inferred, the drivers included those of the ages 60, 61, 63, 66, 68, 71, 72, 72, 77, 79, 83, 85, 89—and I’m leaving out the son whose age wasn’t identified, but whose 94-year-old father died as a passenger. 

These “electronic defects” apparently discriminate against the elderly, just as the sudden acceleration of Audis and GM autos did before them.  (If computers are going to discriminate against anyone, they should be picking on the young, who are more likely to take up arms against the rise of the machines and future Terminators).

But Toyota is being mau-maued by Democratic regulators and legislators in the pockets of trial lawyers—who, according to the Associated Press, stand to make a billion dollars from blaming Toyota for driver error.

And that is before hundreds of past run-of-the-mill Toyota accidents that killed or injured people are re-classified in future lawsuits as an electronics failure in an attempt to win settlements against the company.

Media irresponsibility severely damaged Audi’s brand for years in the U.S.; GM’s litigation expenses from sudden acceleration and similarly bogus product liability suits contributed to its recent need for a taxpayer bailout.

Certainly, the dozens of deaths reported to NHTSA are real tragedies—as are the tens of thousands of other automobile-related deaths that occur every year.  While it’s certainly possibly the case that floor mat troubles have caused a handful of accidents, the media needs to exhibit more skepticism before it does trial lawyers’ bidding against Toyota on a speculative theory of electronic defect that is absent of evidence.

Theodore H. Frank ( is the founder and president of the Center for Class Action Fairness. He does not speak for General Motors.

Pakistani minister: Obama’s plan emboldens terrorists

Pakistani minister: Obama’s plan emboldens terrorists

By: Sara Carter
National Security Correspondent
March 12, 2010

Islamabad, PAKISTAN – President Obama’s plan to begin withdrawing U.S. troops from Afghanistan in July 2011 has emboldened terrorists and increased distrust of U.S. intentions in the region, Pakistani Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi said Thursday.

“The administration’s withdrawal date was music to the ears of the militants and terrorists,” Qureshi said in an exclusive interview with The Washington Examiner. “This sends the wrong signal, and you will have chaos and confusion in Afghanistan if this comes to fruition.”

Meeting with a reporter in his Islamabad office, Qureshi said, “If we walk away sort of leaving things half-baked, that could be the worst thing you could have done to regional stability.”

The minister’s comments marked some of the strongest criticism yet from regional allies of the Obama administration’s goal to begin withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan in July 2011. That intention was spelled out by the president during a December speech in which he announced a surge of American troops into Afghanistan, from about 30,000 to more than 100,000.

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates later suggested that once the withdrawal begins in July 2011, completing it could take “two or three years,” while conceding that “there are no deadlines in terms of when our troops will all be out.”

Qureshi said Pakistan “is ready to deliver” and has proved its commitment to fighting extremists with the arrests of many top terrorist leaders, the killing of more than 600 al Qaeda fighters and successful operations in the nation’s tribal region. He said Pakistan continues to view the United States as a partner at war with a common enemy “despite past differences and distrust.”

An Afghan official with knowledge of current military operations in Afghanistan told The Examiner that the announcement of a planned withdrawal date made the people of his country apprehensive about openly supporting the U.S.-led NATO mission.

“They’re afraid to be deserted,” the Afghan official said. “The Taliban watches the news, the news spreads, and they use it as a weapon against the people. It works against what we’re trying to accomplish, no matter what anyone says publicly.”

The Obama administration has argued that the extra troops will help speed the process for withdrawal and aid Afghanistan in developing a strong security force of its own to govern the populace.

Republican leaders, who were supportive of the troop increase, did not agree with the president’s declaration of a withdrawal.

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., a presidential rival, said a withdrawal date would “dispirit our friends and encourage our enemies.”

Qureshi was openly skeptical that the U.S. would be able to achieve a withdrawal next summer without destabilizing the region.

“Can the [U.S.] walk away?” he asked. “Even if you leave Afghanistan, can you walk away from this situation? In my view, you can pull your troops out, right? But you cannot walk away because [the terrorists] might bite you in your land.”

Obama Administration Tells Court Government-Run Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Not Subject to Open Records FOIA Law

  Obama Administration Tells Court Government-Run Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Not Subject to Open Records FOIA Law

Judicial Watch Battles in Federal Court to Release Fannie and Freddie Political Contribution Information

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Washington, DC — March 9, 2010Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, announced today that it has filed a new motion in its Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) that would force the Obama administration to release documents related to political contributions made by the mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. According to the FHFA, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac might possess documents responsive to Judicial Watch’s initial FOIA request; however, the agency claims it is not obligated to release such documents to the public. Judicial Watch maintains that since Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are now wholly operated by the federal government they are subject to FOIA law.

Judicial Watch filed its original FOIA request on May 29, 2009. The FHFA acknowledged receipt of Judicial Watch’s FOIA request July 1, 2009. The agency claimed that while Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac might possess the requested documents, the FHFA was not obligated to release them under FOIA because the agency does not “control” them. As noted in a recent Obama administration court filing: “…Any records created by or held in the custody of the Enterprises [Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac] reflecting their political campaign contributions or policies, stipulations and requirements concerning campaign contributions necessarily are private corporate documents. They are not ‘agency records’ subject to disclosure under FOIA.”

According to Judicial Watch’s motion filed on March 5, 2009, Fannie and Freddie are no longer private enterprises, and therefore their records are subject to FOIA law:

“At issue in this Freedom of Information Act (‘FOIA’) lawsuit is whether FHFA, the federal agency that has custody and control of the records of Federal National Mortgage Association (‘Fannie Mae’) and Federal Home Loan Mortgage Company (‘Freddie Mac’), must comply with a FOIA request for records relating to those previously independent entities. Until they were seized by FHFA in September 2008, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were private corporations with independent directors, officers, and shareholders. Since that time, FHFA, a federal agency subject to FOIA, has assumed full legal custody and control of the records of these previously independent entities. Hence, these records are subject to FOIA like any other agency records.”

“Apparently, American taxpayers are paying the tab for the collapse of Fannie and Freddie, but are not allowed to ask any questions about why it happened. When it comes to Fannie and Freddie, the Obama administration is saying, in effect, ‘None of your business,’” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “Obama administration officials and their lawyers can argue until they are blue in the face that Fannie and Freddie are not federal agencies, but their reasoning is straight out of Alice in Wonderland. There is nothing ambiguous about the government’s absolute control of Fannie and Freddie. Which raises the question: What does the Obama administration have to hide?”

According to a review of the top recipients of Fannie and Freddie campaign contributions from 1989 through 2008, President Obama is second on the list, sandwiched between Democratic Senators Chris Dodd (first) and Senator John Kerry (third). The president achieved this ranking during his relatively brief three-year stint in the U.S. Senate.

“Judicial Watch’s effort to open up Fannie and Freddie to public scrutiny as the law requires is not just about political corruption — it also about accountability. Largely through Freddie and Fannie, the Obama administration essentially has taken government control of the United States mortgage market and its attendant liabilities. This unprecedented takeover of the private sector is being executed by government entities that the Obama administration says are not subject to any open records request. Judicial Watch’s FOIA lawsuit is the only litigation that stands against this massive government abuse and secrecy,” continued Fitton.

Obama Justice Department Shut Down Federal ACORN Investigation According to Documents Obtained by Judicial Watch

  Obama Justice Department Shut Down Federal ACORN Investigation According to Documents Obtained by Judicial Watch
Washington, DC — March 11, 2010

Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, announced today that it has obtained documents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) detailing federal investigations into the alleged corrupt activities of Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN). The documents reference serious allegations of corruption and voter registration fraud by ACORN as well as the Obama administration’s decision to shut down a criminal investigation without filing criminal charges.

The documents include background information on two specific complaints filed in October 2008 by Lucy Corelli and Joseph Borges, Republican Registrars of Voters in Stamford and Bridgeport, Connecticut, respectively, during the 2008 election season.

According to Corelli, on August 1, 2008, her office received 1,200 ACORN voter registration cards from the Secretary of State’s office. Over 300 of these cards were rejected because of “duplicates, underage, illegible and invalid addresses,” which “put a tremendous strain on our office staff and caused endless work hours at taxpayers’ expense.” Corelli claimed the total cost of the extra work caused by ACORN corruption was $20,000. Likewise, Borges contended that: “The organization ACORN during the summer of 2008 conducted a registration drive which has produced over 100 rejections due to incomplete forms and individuals who are not citizens…” Among the examples cited by Borges was a seven-year old child who was registered to vote by ACORN through the use of a forged signature and a fake birth certificate claiming she was 27-years old.

The FBI and Department of Justice opened an investigation. However, the Obama Justice Department, while noting that ACORN had engaged in “questionable hiring and training practices,” closed down the investigation in March 2009, claiming ACORN broke no laws.

By contrast, the documents also include records related to a federal investigation of ACORN corruption in St. Louis, Missouri, involving 1,492 allegedly fraudulent voter registration cards submitted by Project Vote, a liberal non-profit organization affiliated with ACORN on voter registration drives, during the 2006 election season. Assistant United States Attorney Hal Goldsmith initiated the investigation with “concurrence” from the Department of Justice and the participation of the FBI. According to a Justice Department memo, Goldsmith “advised he would prosecute any individual responsible for submitting fraudulent voter registration cards.” Goldsmith identified the statute for prosecution: Title 42, USC 1973 (gg), which provides for criminal penalties for fraudulent voter registrations. In April 2008, eight former ACORN employees from the St. Louis office pled guilty to voter registration fraud.

Other documents show that the Bush Justice Department failed to prosecute ACORN voter registration fraud of non-citizens in Phoenix, Arizona in 2007 because the allegations that led to the opening of the investigation were “unverifiable.” Notably, the FBI document detailing this questionable decision reveals that a “draft Intelligence Bulletin…concludes that ACORN’s employment practices perpetuate fraudulent voter registration.”

The ACORN documents uncovered by Judicial Watch include internal FBI memoranda, signed affidavits, subpoenas, fraudulent voter registration cards, and publications describing ACORN’s policies and practices. The documents also include details regarding numerous allegations of corruption extending beyond voter registration fraud, to include attempts by ACORN employees to coerce workers to participate in campaign activities on behalf of Democratic candidates.

“These documents reflect systematic voter registration fraud by ACORN,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “It is a scandal that there has been no comprehensive criminal investigation and prosecution by the Justice Department into this evident criminal conduct. Given President Obama’s close connections to ACORN, including his campaign’s hiring of the ACORN’s Project Vote organization, it seems rather obvious why Attorney General Holder has failed to seriously investigate these and other alleged ACORN criminal activities.”

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Mexican Navy Chopper Spotted Over Texas Neighborhood Amidst Upswelling Of Drug Violence

Mexican Navy Chopper Spotted Over Texas Neighborhood Amidst Upswelling Of Drug Violence

March 12th, 2010 Posted By Erik Wong.


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BROWNSVILLE — The Zapata County sheriff Thursday was questioning why a Mexican military helicopter was hovering over homes on the Texas side of the Rio Grande.

It was one of the more jarring incidents of the fourth week of border tensions sparked by drug killings, and rumors of such killings, in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas.

Sheriff Sigifredo Gonzalez said he’d reviewed photos of the chopper flown by armed personnel Tuesday over a residential area known as Falcon Heights-Falcon Village near the binational Falcon Lake, just south of the Starr-Zapata county line. He said the helicopter appeared to have the insignia of the Mexican navy.

“It’s always been said that the Mexican military does in fact … that there have been incursions,” Gonzalez said. “But this is not New Mexico or Arizona. Here we’ve got a river; there’s a boundary line. And then of course having Falcon Lake, Falcon Dam, it’s a lot wider. It’s not just a trickle of a river, it’s an actual dam. You know where the boundary’s at.”

The sighting came amid ongoing fighting between the Gulf Cartel and its former enforcers, Los Zetas. The mounting death toll and crisis of fear in cities across from the Texas border have drawn global attention, as has a news blackout in affected cities due to the kidnappings of eight Mexican journalists, at least one of whom was killed.

As violence continued Thursday with a highway shootout in Tamaulipas, a Senate subcommittee in Washington heard testimony that drug cartels are trying to infiltrate U.S. agencies along the border, with corruption cases among Homeland Security personnel on the rise.

In the past two years, there have been 400 public corruption cases involving federal, state and local law enforcement agents originating from the Southwest border region, Kevin Perkins, FBI assistant director for criminal investigations, told the Senate Homeland Security subcommittee on preparedness.

James Tomsheck, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection assistant commissioner, told the panel the drug cartels operating in Mexico are making a concerted effort to infiltrate CBP, and the agency is responding with more screening of job applicants with polygraph tests and background investigations. Corruption cases were opened last year on 576 CBP officers and Border Patrol agents.

In addition to the highway battle, news from Tamaulipas on Thursday included a 25-year-old man found dead on a roadside in Miguel Alemán. On Wednesday, three people died in one or two gun battles in Reynosa.

Four other deaths have been reported since Saturday in the cities of Mier, Camargo and Miguel Alemán.

Wednesday’s confirmed confrontations in Reynosa included an evening run-in between elements of the ministry of defense and armed civilians and a battle between drug factions that lasted for hours. One woman was injured during a skirmish Tuesday between federal officials and drug operatives.

A military operation Wednesday in Reynosa reportedly resulted in the wounding and arrest of a man identified by witnesses as a former engineer for Pemex, the government oil monopoly. The witnesses told the Mexican newspaper El Universal that an attempt by army soldiers to stop his late-model white Suburban escalated into a pursuit with gunfire. More than 100 soldiers closed off neighborhood streets as part of the operation.

Gonzalez, the Zapata sheriff, said he couldn’t confirm reports that the helicopter was scoping out the home of a drug criminal. He said the incursion about a mile over the border took place over a neighborhood populated by many U.S. Customs officers who work at area border crossings — and that they knew what they were seeing.

“My understanding is the U.S. military were informed,” he said. “I don’t know what action was taken, if any.”

GOP Senators Question $1M Salary For Boys And Girls Club CEO

GOP Senators Question $1M Salary For Boys And Girls Club CEO

March 12th, 2010 Posted By Erik Wong.


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WASHINGTON — A group of Republican senators is questioning high salaries and expensive travel bills for executives at the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, raising issues that could jeopardize millions in federal funding for the national charity.

The four senators said they were concerned that the chief executive of a charity that has been closing local clubs for lack of funding was compensated nearly $1 million in 2008. They also questioned why in the same year officials spent $4.3 million on travel, $1.6 million on conferences, conventions and meetings, and $544,000 in lobbying fees.

“The question is whether or not a very top-heavy organization might be siphoning off federal dollars that should be going to help kids,” said Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, the top Republican on the Senate Finance Committee.

The senators sent a letter to the head of the charity’s board of governors Thursday seeking detailed financial information about executive compensation, travel and lobbying expenses, and how the national charity awards grants to local clubs.

The issues they raise could threaten the reputation of a popular charity that supports 4,300 local Boys & Girls Clubs serving about 4.8 million children. The timing threatens a bill moving through the Senate that would provide up to $425 million in federal money to the national organization over the next five years.

“That bill isn’t going anywhere until we get the answers to these questions,” said Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla.

Along with Grassley and Coburn, the letter was signed by Republican Sens. Jon Kyl of Arizona and John Cornyn of Texas. The senators noted in their letter that the organization posted a $13.6 million loss in 2008, according to tax records.

“We find it hard to reconcile this loss with the amount spent on executive salaries, perks, and lobbying expenses,” the senators wrote. “We are especially concerned because it is our understanding that some independent clubs have closed or are on the cusp of closing because of a lack of funding.”

Community Boys & Girls Clubs are all locally governed, but most receive tens of thousands of dollars each year from the Atlanta-based national charity. In 2008, the national charity reported receiving $41 million in government grants and $51 million in other gifts and contributions.

That same year, the national organization spent $57.6 million on grants to local clubs and $37.5 million on salaries and benefits, according to tax records.

In 2009, the Justice Department awarded the Boys & Girls Clubs of America a $44 million grant for mentoring services. The money came from the economic recovery package enacted last year. The grant was more than twice the size of the next largest, $19 million, which went to Goodwill Industries International.

Roxanne Spillett, president and CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, received a total compensation of $988,591 in 2008, according to the charity’s tax filings. She got a base salary of $360,774, a bonus of $150,000 and other compensation of $83,152, for a total of $593,926. She also received $385,500 in deferred compensation, most of which went to a retirement plan, and $9,165 in nontaxable benefits.

Evan McElroy, senior vice president of communications for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, said the charity would respond to the letter before the March 29 deadline set by the senators. He declined to answer questions about the charity’s finances when contacted Thursday but said in an e-mail that Spillett’s base salary has not increased since 2006.

In the e-mail, McElroy said the charity’s compensation committee follows Internal Revenue Service guidelines for nonprofit organizations. He said Mercer, a human resources consulting firm, analyzed executive compensation and found it was “appropriate for a large, national, tax-exempt, youth organization.”

Despite recent closings, Spillett has overseen significant growth in the number of local Boys & Girls Clubs since becoming president of the national organization in 1996. During that time, the number of local clubs grew from 1,850 to 4,360.

Experts were split on whether Spillett’s pay was excessive for a charity with revenues of $107 million in 2008, the latest year available.

“It’s certainly not unusual to see people leading major charities, which after all, are very large, complex operations, making substantial salaries,” said Brian Vogel, a senior principal with Quatt Associates, a management consulting firm in Washington.

Vogel said “$500,000 or $600,000 wouldn’t be outside the marketplace. … Remember, these are organizations that can be as hard to manage as a major for-profit business.”

Annual compensation averaged $462,000 last year for the CEOs of charities with expenses of more than $100 million, according to a compensation study by Charity Navigator, a Web site that evaluates charities.

“The people who use our site, donors, would be appalled by a salary like this,” Ken Berger, president and CEO of Charity Navigator, said of Spillett’s compensation. “If you want to be a millionaire, go and work in the for-profit sector.”

New Pay Discrimination Bill Would Let Government Collect Payroll Records of Private Companies

New Pay Discrimination Bill Would Let Government Collect Payroll Records of Private Companies
Friday, March 12, 2010
By Matt Cover, Staff Writer

New $20 currency notes roll off the presses at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in Washington. (AP File Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
( – A bill taken up by a Senate panel on Thursday would empower the federal government to collect the payroll information of private companies and analyze it in an effort to prevent gender-based pay discrimination, which has been illegal since 1963.
The law would compel the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) to begin mandatory collection of payroll data from private employers, under penalty of law. These data must be broken down by job type, race, and, gender. The government would then analyze the data to determine if companies are violating equal pay laws, which prohibit pay discrimination based on gender.
Known as the Paycheck Fairness Act, the law was passed by the House of Representatives more than one year ago – Jan. 9, 2009 – but had languished in the Senate until Thursday, when it was taken up in the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee.
EEOC Acting Chairman Stuart Ishimaru, who testified before the HELP committee on Thursday, told that the law would require the EEOC to collect payroll data from private companies. However, he said that it was still “to be determined” if companies would have to report automatically, a decision that would be left up to the EEOC.
“We would be required – it is my understanding under the Paycheck Fairness Act – to collect in some form pay data,” he said. “Now what that would look like in the end is a matter to be determined, if it passes, but it’s not automatic disclosure; we are tasked actually with, and actually (will) come up with the procedure to do that.”
The collection is not optional, and the government can sue companies who refuse to comply with the EEOC’s order.
“That’s a legal matter,” said Ishimaru. “They’re actually required to comply. (And) that actually does happen from time to time, people won’t comply,” forcing the EEOC to take the company to court.


West front of U.S. Capitol on Inauguration Day, Jan. 20, 2009. (AP photo)
Ishimura said that the EEOC would analyze the data to look for discrepancies that might indicate discrimination. If the EEOC determined that a company might be discriminating, it would then begin a full investigation.
“We would analyze to see whether there were discrepancies (in pay), said Ishimura. We collect race, national origin, (and) gender data now from many companies around the country and we analyze to see what the composition of the workforce looks like, whether their might be discrimination, and whether it’s worth opening an investigation or not.
He said that finding discrepancies was just “the start” of a process that would entail taking a detailed look at all aspects of a company’s pay and hiring information.
“It’s certainly the start of the analysis to see whether there might be discrimination,” he said. “There might be discrimination if somebody hasn’t hired women or hasn’t hired an Asian American — that certainly may be indicative that their may be a problem that would be worthy for us to open an investigation. You would (then) do an analysis to see what, in fact, happened, and the same thing for pay data. Getting the (pay) information is the start of the analysis, it’s not the end.”
Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), chairman of the HELP committee, said that the law would close loopholes in the law and “barriers to enforcement” of anti-pay discrimination laws. Harkin said that the compulsory disclosure of pay information would help women who think they have been discriminated against circumvent the formal investigative process into discrimination.
“There are too many loopholes in our existing laws and too many barriers to effective enforcement,” Harkin said. “Right now, women who believe they are the victim of pay discrimination must file a lawsuit and endure a drawn-out legal discovery process to find out whether they make less than the man working beside them.”
“With pay statistics readily available, this expensive process could be avoided.”
While the law would not change the legal discovery process, it would make companies’ payroll data available to EEOC monitors and investigators, other federal agencies, and the public in confidential, aggregate form.
Currently, employers must disclose to the EEOC the racial and gender breakdown of different job types and the EEOC must publish state-by-state breakdowns of this information.  For an example, click here.


Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) ( Starr)
“The EEOC collects workforce data from employers with more than 100 employees (lower thresholds apply to federal contractors). Employers meeting the reporting thresholds have a legal obligation to provide the data; it is not voluntary,” the EEOC’s Web site states.
Employers must fill out one of five different reports and file them with the EEOC.
“Each of the reports collects data about gender and race/ethnicity by some type of job grouping,” states the EEOC. “This information is shared with other authorized federal agencies in order to avoid duplicate collection of data and reduce the burden placed on employers. Although the data is confidential, aggregated data is available to the public.”
The law would have the EEOC survey what information it currently has on companies’ pay and draft new regulations on how it will go about collecting more information and which companies it will collect it from.
“Not later than 18 months after the date of enactment of this subsection, the Commission shall — (A) complete a survey of the data that is currently available to the Federal Government relating to employee pay information for use in the enforcement of Federal laws prohibiting pay discrimination and, in consultation with other relevant Federal agencies, identify additional data collections that will enhance the enforcement of such laws; and B) based on the results of the survey and consultations under subparagraph (A), issue regulations to provide for the collection of pay information data from employers as described by the sex, race, and national origin of employees,” the law says.
Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) the ranking Republican on the HELP committee, said these new requirements would further burden businesses without reducing wage differences between genders, which he attributed to labor market variations, not discrimination.
“Many labor specialists note that pay differences are a function of labor market economics, that they reflect the choices that individual workers and groups of workers tend to make and their underlying skill sets,” Enzi said on Thursday. “The bill adds more burdensome government reporting requirements that don’t just waste hours of employers’ time, they also cost them money that could be directed towards new hires.”

John McCain Makes BAD Decisions It’s Time to Question John McCain’s Judgment

John McCain Makes BAD Decisions
It’s Time to Question John McCain’s Judgment

“Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedies.” —Groucho Marx

By the definition above John McCain is a master politician.

Bad DecisionsJohn McCain at his Press Conference in February said, “I’m confident that the people of Arizona will judge me on not what I have done for them but what I can do for them” (See Video Here)

Well, at least that is John McCain’s hope.

Quite frankly, Senator McCain should be judged by what his MANY BAD DECISIONS have done to our country and to the citizens of Arizona. 
Let’s review some of Senator McCain’s worst decisions over the last decade:

  • In 2002, John McCain joined forces with liberal Senator, Russ Feingold, to write a campaign finance bill that violated our Constitutional liberties.  The Supreme Court said so on two separate occasions and overturned McCain’s bill this past year. Bad Decision!
  • In 2003, John McCain joined forces with LIBERAL SENATE DEMOCRATS to write a climate bill (CAP & TAX) that would limit your use of energy, and drive up the cost of energy for all consumers. To illustrate what a bad decision this is President Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and Harry Reid think it’s a GREAT IDEA! Bad Decision!
  • In 2007, John McCain joined forces with ultra-liberal Ted Kennedy to write an amnesty bill for illegal aliens.  The bill included billions of our tax dollars for entitlements and welfare style programs for illegal aliens. Bad Decision!

Now think about this for a second–If John McCain was able to pass these bad decisions (Amnesty & CAP and TAX), our beloved country could be bankrupt and in a steep depression.

As it stands our debt is over 12 TRILLION dollars, unemployment is over 10%, and our tax burden is crushing American families and businesses. Could you imagine paying for MORE ENTITLEMENTS and HIGHER TAXES? (Click Here to Prevent More Bad Decisions on Your Behalf)

  • In 2008, when the stock market was crashing, John McCain suspended his Presidential campaign (BAD DECISION that many believe cost him the election). McCain claimed he was rushing back to the Senate to fix the economy. Instead, he joined forces with Barack Obama and signed onto the TARP BAILOUT scheme.

  • Just weeks after writing legislation orchestrating a federal takeover of the Vitamin and Nutritional Supplement industries,  punishing American small businesses and consumers, 28-year Washington Insider John McCain now says he made another BAD DECISION and claims he no longer supports his own legislation!

There is a common theme to the Maverick’s bad decisions. They are all concocted with Liberals and Democrats. John McCain’s decision-making ability must be questioned.

Look, John McCain has served for a long time, but as you can see, he makes bad decision after bad decision. Arizona and America deserve better.

We deserve a Consistent Conservative.

JD Hayworth for Senate

Barack Obama has made me want to boycott America

Barack Obama has made me want to boycott America

March 12th, 2010

By Alex Singleton, UK telegraph

 So much for making America popular again….

The special relationship is over. We gave America years of unwavering support after September 11. And now we see how Barack Obama’s administration repays us.

First, Obama declared that America was “neutral” over the sovereignty of the Falklands, ignoring the clear wishes of the islands’ population. And, second, his Assistant Secretary of State, Philip Crowley, snubbed Britain by failing to use their proper name and instead calling them the “Malvinas”.

I don’t know where Obama learned about diplomacy, but his stinks. I’m normally pro-American, but Mr Obama’s seeming support for Argentinian aggressors, who have no legitimate claim over the Falklands, is gratuitously offensive. So from today, I’m boycotting America as a tourist destination. This summer, I’ll be going to France, not California.

Let me be clear: I’m not normally in favour of boycotts, and I love the American people.  I holiday in their country regularly, and hate the tedious snobby sneers against the United States. But the American people chose to elect an idiot who seems hell bent on insulting their allies, and something must be done to stop Obama’s reckless foreign policy, before he does the dirty on his allies on every issue.

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