Ben

Lenoir, NC

#48672 Mar 11, 2014
http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/education... "Some of the major findings of a seven-month AP investigation into teacher sex abuse across the United States.

• A total of 2,570 educators nationwide were punished for sexual misconduct from 2001-05, representing about a quarter of all educator misconduct cases in that time period.

• The total number of times an action was taken against a teacher's license for sexual misconduct was 2,625 (more than 50 teachers lost licenses in more than one state). Licenses were revoked in 1,636 of the cases; surrendered in 440 cases; suspended in 376 cases; and denied in 108 cases. Other punishments were handed out in the remainder of the cases.

• Students were clearly identified as victims in at least 1,467 of the sexual misconduct cases. The victim was a young person, a category including students, unidentified youths, family members and neighbors, in at least 1,801 of the cases.

• Educators made physical contact in at least 1,297, or 72%, of the cases in which the victims were youths. The remainder were cases that did not involve physical contact, including verbal sexual harassment and other offenses.

• There were criminal convictions in at least 1,390, or 53%, of the cases.

• Nearly nine out of 10 of the educators punished for sexual misconduct were male.

• At least 446 of the cases that the AP found involved educators who had multiple victims."
Ben

Lenoir, NC

#48673 Mar 11, 2014
"Former CNN anchor Campbell Brown published an op/ed in the Wall Street Journal over the weekend taking powerful teachers unions to task over their attempts to water down bipartisan legislation aimed at keeping convicted sex criminals out of the teaching profession. " Some background:

When a Michigan middle-school teacher was denied $10,000 in severance pay last month, the local teachers union filed a grievance against the school board on his behalf. Given the union’s mission to defend the rights of educators, this would appear to be routine. Not so fast: The teacher is a convicted sex offender. Neal Erickson was sentenced in July to a 15- to 30-year jail term after acknowledging that he had sexual relations with a male student beginning when the boy was 14 years old…The Erickson case isn’t unique. In August, a Maryland music teacher was arrested on child-pornography charges. Authorities subsequently discovered that his stash of 4,000 images included sexually suggestive photos and videos of 14 female students between kindergarten and second-grade ages. When the case became news, a woman who had been his student during the 1990s came forward and the teacher now faces additional charges of sex abuse and rape. One former colleague told reporters that she had twice reported his suspicious activity, including locking his classroom doors when he was alone with young girls. But nothing happened because “the administrators didn’t take it seriously enough,” she said…In 2010, the Government Accountability Office found “hundreds of potential cases of registered sex offenders working in schools” across the U.S.“Hundreds” is unacceptable. Even a small number of sex offenders can inflict damage far out of proportion to their numbers. The GAO cited studies in which 232 child molesters admitted to molesting 17,000 children. In October, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives unanimously passed a piece of legislation introduced by a California Democrat that aims to close cracks in the bureaucratic system that sometimes allow convicted sex offenders to be hired in schools. Several influential unions — who often cite The Children to justify their political ends — weren’t happy with some of the law’s provisions: Anyone with violent or sexual convictions against a child—whether a misdemeanor or felony—would be ineligible for school employment. Background checks would be more thorough, using expanded databases including the FBI’s fingerprint database, the national and state sex offender registries. And districts would be prohibited from knowingly unloading sex abusers on other schools—a practice known as “pass the trash.” These are sensible measures that are overdue. Yet the two most powerful teachers unions in the country have voiced objections to the bill. Both the National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers complained about the bill before it passed the House. The NEA claimed in a letter to House members that background checks “often have a huge, racially disparate impact.” Randi Weingarten, the AFT chief, warned of inaccuracies in the FBI database and cautioned that teachers would be inconvenienced by potentially long screening delays."
TSF

Holly Springs, NC

#48674 Mar 11, 2014
What saddens me is all the whining and complaining that things are not perfect by folks living with the highest standard of living in the history of mankind. It saddens me to see republikans lining up with a leader of the enemy of the USA to try and smear political opponents at home, thinking that Putin is a friend of the republican party. If you were to actually move to Russia and pulled that crap, you would land in a Siberian Gulag; if they didn't just shoot your pampered whiny ass outright..
Ben wrote:
<quoted text>That is FUNNY, I thought child abuse has no political affiliation except to Democrats. Quit trying to add to the heap, no matter WHERE it happens, child abuse has no excuse. Every scenario you posted shows human flaws and wrong doing. It has no political affiliation. But as a Democrat you can not see it any other way. Sad.
TSF

Holly Springs, NC

#48675 Mar 11, 2014
So I suppose you think the following incident proves that All republican congressmen are gay child molesters?

Mark Foley scandal, which broke in late September 2006, centers on soliciting e-mails and sexually suggestive instant messages sent by Mark Foley, a Republican Congressman from Florida, to teenaged boys who had formerly served as congressional pages. Investigation was closed by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) on September 19, 2008 citing insufficient evidence to pursue criminal charges as both "Congress and Mr. Foley denied us access to critical data", said FDLE Commissioner Gerald Bailey.[1] The scandal grew to encompass the response of Republican congressional leaders to previous complaints about Foley's contacts with the pages and inconsistencies in the leaders' public statements.[2][3][4][5][6] There were also allegations that a second Republican Congressman, Jim Kolbe, had improper conduct with at least two youths, a 16-year old page and a recently graduated page.[7][8]

The scandal led to Foley's resignation from Congress on September 29, 2006. In some quarters, the scandal is believed to have contributed to the Republican Party's loss of control over Congress in the November 7, 2006 election, as well as the end of House Speaker Dennis Hastert's leadership of the House Republicans. Kirk Fordham, chief of staff to Rep. Tom Reynolds and former chief of staff for Foley, also resigned as a result of the scandal.

Newsweek's June 7, 2010, issue's BACK STORY listed Foley, among others, as prominent conservative politician who had a record of anti-gay legislation and was later caught in a gay sex scandal.[9]
TSF

Holly Springs, NC

#48676 Mar 11, 2014
The Larry Craig scandal was an incident that began on June 11, 2007, with the arrest of Larry Craig—who at the time was a Republican United States Senator from Idaho—for lewd conduct in a men's restroom at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. Craig later entered a guilty plea to a lesser charge of disorderly conduct on August 8.[1] As a result of the controversy surrounding his arrest, subsequent guilty plea, and pressure from his fellow Republicans,[2][3][4] Senator Craig announced his intention to resign from the Senate at a news conference on September 1, which was to become effective on September 30. After failing to withdraw his guilty plea, on October 4, Craig released a statement refusing to resign as senator for Idaho. Craig did not run for re-election in 2008, and the incident effectively ended his political career.

So now, according to your reasoning, we have over 1% proof that all republican congressmen are gay perverts and child molesters.
Rock

Sylva, NC

#48677 Mar 11, 2014
TSF wrote:
Rock, I agree with this. But it ignores the most expensive handouts of $1200 billion dollars annually in welfare to the rich. I think we need to cut them all off., rich and poor. The total savings would be 2 trillion dollars per year That would make a budget surplus and allow the paying off of the national debt to the bankers.
<quoted text>
. You're leaving out a huge part of that equation TSF. By importing millions of other workers, we artificially keep wages lower than they would be if they had not entered our workforce. Supply and demand... Who gets squeezed? The poor and middle classes do. I have no problem with the rich paying their fair share; last time I checked, corporations are getting taxed at a 40% rate. Loopholes, tax evasions, offshore shell companies and the continued outsourcing of American jobs coupled with insourcing cheap labor is what needs to be addressed.
TSF

Holly Springs, NC

#48678 Mar 11, 2014




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United States Congressman Trey Radel (R-Florida) is officially resigning from his post in the House of Representatives following a months-long scandal that erupted when he was charged with cocaine possession.

The 37-year-old Republican lawmaker from Fort Myers, Florida, announced his resignation in a letter sent to House Speaker John Boehner. He will step down at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, about a month after leaving rehab and returning to Congress.

"Unfortunately, some of my struggles had serious consequences," Radel wrote in the letter. "While I have dealt with those issues on a personal level, it is my belief that professionally I cannot fully and effectively serve as a United States representative to the place I love and call home, Southwest Florida."

Elected to Congress in 2012, Radel was charged by authorities in October after attempting to purchase 3.5 grams of cocaine – a decision he traced back to his struggle with alcoholism – from an undercover federal agent in Washington, DC. In November, he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of cocaine possession. He was sentenced to a year of probation and fined $250.
TSF

Holly Springs, NC

#48679 Mar 11, 2014
OMG Ben. 2570 bad teachers nationwide out of 3,700,000. That's a whopping 0.07 %(seven one thousandths of one percent ) That is less than 1/2 of the percentage of republican congressmen who I have just listed as sexual predators. There are more , so the actual percentage for republicans is much worse. So here we have a member of the republican party pointing fingers at teachers for something for which republicans are at least 300% worse. Why is Ben protecting these child molesters?
Ben wrote:
http://usatoday30.usatoday.com /news/education/2007-10-20-tea chermisconduct_N.htm?csp=34 "Some of the major findings of a seven-month AP investigation into teacher sex abuse across the United States.
• A total of 2,570 educators nationwide were punished for sexual misconduct from 2001-05, representing about a quarter of all educator misconduct cases in that time period.
• The total number of times an action was taken against a teacher's license for sexual misconduct was 2,625 (more than 50 teachers lost licenses in more than one state). Licenses were revoked in 1,636 of the cases; surrendered in 440 cases; suspended in 376 cases; and denied in 108 cases. Other punishments were handed out in the remainder of the cases.
• Students were clearly identified as victims in at least 1,467 of the sexual misconduct cases. The victim was a young person, a category including students, unidentified youths, family members and neighbors, in at least 1,801 of the cases.
• Educators made physical contact in at least 1,297, or 72%, of the cases in which the victims were youths. The remainder were cases that did not involve physical contact, including verbal sexual harassment and other offenses.
• There were criminal convictions in at least 1,390, or 53%, of the cases.
• Nearly nine out of 10 of the educators punished for sexual misconduct were male.
• At least 446 of the cases that the AP found involved educators who had multiple victims."
Rock

Sylva, NC

#48680 Mar 11, 2014
TSF wrote:
What saddens me is all the whining and complaining that things are not perfect by folks living with the highest standard of living in the history of mankind. It saddens me to see republikans lining up with a leader of the enemy of the USA to try and smear political opponents at home, thinking that Putin is a friend of the republican party. If you were to actually move to Russia and pulled that crap, you would land in a Siberian Gulag; if they didn't just shoot your pampered whiny ass outright..
<quoted text>
. What is sad is that our decline is only speeding up. What's amusing is that Merrika is becoming less and less free, while our old nemesis has grown leaps and bounds since the Soviet collapse a little over 20 years ago.
Rock

Sylva, NC

#48681 Mar 11, 2014
State of Florida wrote:
<quoted text>
LOL "import" LOL again.
. Yep. Import. You think it's a good idea to keep importing all of these immigrants when do many Americans are out of work?
Rock

Sylva, NC

#48682 Mar 11, 2014
"So" not "do"
TSF

Holly Springs, NC

#48683 Mar 11, 2014
According to Ben's reasoning, I must be a teacher because I would not let him get by with implicating all teachers with the actions of less than 7 one hundredth's of one percent of their group.

I have presented proof that well over an entire one percent of
republican congressmen are child molester perverts. According to Ben's logic (certainly not logical), that makes all republican congressmen child molesting perverts 14 times worse than any teacher. Since Ben defends them , Ben must be a congressman.

Now Ben and I and anyone with any sense at all understand all that to be faulty reasoning. So Ben is dealing off the bottom of the deck in attempting to implicate all schools and all teachers with his silly stastically insignificant anecdotal reports of misconduct.
TSF

Holly Springs, NC

#48684 Mar 11, 2014
Most large corporations pay zero taxes

In total, 2008-11 federal income taxes for the 30 companies remained negative, despite $205 billion in pretax U.S. profits. Overall, they enjoyed an average effective federal income tax rate of –3.1 percent over the four years.

Amongst the 30 are corporate titans such as General Electric, Boeing, Verizon, and Mattel. The only four companies that slipped into positive tax territory were DTE Energy, Honeywell, Wells Fargo, and DuPont, with DuPont the only one that paid more than 4 percent over the four years.

Corporate taxes in the U.S., contrary to the constant protestations of conservatives, are at a 40 year low, with many of the most profitable companies paying nothing at all. CTJ noted that “had these 30 companies paid the full 35 percent corporate tax rate over the 2008-11 period, they would have paid $78.3 billion more in federal income taxes.” And this is not a problem that only afflicts the U.S., as the UK found out last week that online retailer Amazon made billions in sales in 2011, while paying zero taxes.
Rock wrote:
<quoted text>. You're leaving out a huge part of that equation TSF. By importing millions of other workers, we artificially keep wages lower than they would be if they had not entered our workforce. Supply and demand... Who gets squeezed? The poor and middle classes do. I have no problem with the rich paying their fair share; last time I checked, corporations are getting taxed at a 40% rate. Loopholes, tax evasions, offshore shell companies and the continued outsourcing of American jobs coupled with insourcing cheap labor is what needs to be addressed.
State of Florida

Taylorsville, NC

#48685 Mar 11, 2014
Rock wrote:
<quoted text>. Yep. Import. You think it's a good idea to keep importing all of these immigrants when do many Americans are out of work?
So, what do we do? Write them letters asking them to come and vote Democrat? This country has always had an immigration policy. The company makes the decision who to hire and fire, not the government. Do you think American business' know they can hire immigrants for less money and stick it up the ass of the American worker? Who is to fault? The greedy business owners who hire cheap labor. Fine the hell out of some of these white shirt business' ownerswho hire illegally and throw their ass in jail for the maximum sentence, and you just might see some changes.
Ben

Lenoir, NC

#48686 Mar 11, 2014
TSF wrote:
What saddens me is all the whining and complaining that things are not perfect by folks living with the highest standard of living in the history of mankind. It saddens me to see republikans lining up with a leader of the enemy of the USA to try and smear political opponents at home, thinking that Putin is a friend of the republican party. If you were to actually move to Russia and pulled that crap, you would land in a Siberian Gulag; if they didn't just shoot your pampered whiny ass outright..
<quoted text>
Gee, you are so whiny ass about another country, and yet say nothing about abuse of children by people that are paid by your tax dollar. You are truly a Democrat. BTW, THIS is not RUSSIA. My "pampered ass" has been working for over 43 years. So, you can kiss it. Try not to worry about Russia and shed a tear for an abused child will ya?
Ben

Lenoir, NC

#48687 Mar 11, 2014
TSF wrote:
Most large corporations pay zero taxes
In total, 2008-11 federal income taxes for the 30 companies remained negative, despite $205 billion in pretax U.S. profits. Overall, they enjoyed an average effective federal income tax rate of –3.1 percent over the four years.
Amongst the 30 are corporate titans such as General Electric, Boeing, Verizon, and Mattel. The only four companies that slipped into positive tax territory were DTE Energy, Honeywell, Wells Fargo, and DuPont, with DuPont the only one that paid more than 4 percent over the four years.
Corporate taxes in the U.S., contrary to the constant protestations of conservatives, are at a 40 year low, with many of the most profitable companies paying nothing at all. CTJ noted that “had these 30 companies paid the full 35 percent corporate tax rate over the 2008-11 period, they would have paid $78.3 billion more in federal income taxes.” And this is not a problem that only afflicts the U.S., as the UK found out last week that online retailer Amazon made billions in sales in 2011, while paying zero taxes.
<quoted text>
What taxes do they pay??
Ben

Lenoir, NC

#48688 Mar 11, 2014
http://taxfoundation.org/blog/another-study-c... "May 31, 2013
By
Kyle Pomerleau

Most people know by now (except TSF), that the United States has the highest corporate tax rate in the world. At 39.1 percent, it sits 14 percentage points higher than the OECD average."However, many will point to all the “loopholes” that narrow the corporate tax base and say:“sure, we have the highest statutory rate, but no company pays that!” The implication is of course that U.S. corporations don’t pay a high tax rate compared internationally.

Contrary to this claim, studies show that not only does the United States have the highest statutory rate, but one of the highest effective tax rates. Our 2011 study on effective corporate tax rates shows this. It reviews a number of recent studies and concludes that the average effective rate is around 27 percent, while the average around the world is 20 percent.

Adding to these studies, PricewaterhouseCoopers released a new report that also finds the United States has one of the highest effective corporate tax rates in the world.

Looking at six different industries (Automotive, Aerospace and Defense, Chemicals, Engineering and Construction, Industrial Manufacturing and Metals, and Transportation and Logistics), the study found that U.S. corporations face an average effective corporate tax rate of 30.9 percent in 2012. The only country whose corporations face a higher effective tax rate in the study was Japan at 36.7 percent. The lowest effective tax rates were in the United Kingdom and Hong Kong which had ETR of 16.7 percent and 16.5 percent, respectively. The average effective tax rate in the study was 28.3 percent in 2012.
Ben

Lenoir, NC

#48689 Mar 11, 2014
TSF wrote:
According to Ben's reasoning, I must be a teacher because I would not let him get by with implicating all teachers with the actions of less than 7 one hundredth's of one percent of their group.
I have presented proof that well over an entire one percent of
republican congressmen are child molester perverts. According to Ben's logic (certainly not logical), that makes all republican congressmen child molesting perverts 14 times worse than any teacher. Since Ben defends them , Ben must be a congressman.
Now Ben and I and anyone with any sense at all understand all that to be faulty reasoning. So Ben is dealing off the bottom of the deck in attempting to implicate all schools and all teachers with his silly stastically insignificant anecdotal reports of misconduct.
Show a post where I defended a Congressman "pervert". I would never defend Weiner. Disgusting how he showed his weiner on the net while his wife was sucking up to the Clintons.
Rock

Sylva, NC

#48690 Mar 11, 2014
State of Florida wrote:
<quoted text>
So, what do we do? Write them letters asking them to come and vote Democrat? This country has always had an immigration policy. The company makes the decision who to hire and fire, not the government. Do you think American business' know they can hire immigrants for less money and stick it up the ass of the American worker? Who is to fault? The greedy business owners who hire cheap labor. Fine the hell out of some of these white shirt business' ownerswho hire illegally and throw their ass in jail for the maximum sentence, and you just might see some changes.
our immigration policy took a huge turn for the worse with the 1965 immigration act...our govt actively promotes this garbage along with corporations...NAFTA and CAFTA are also a battering ram for mass migration. These treaties not only were about free flow of goods without tariffs, but free flow of people as well. Immigration isn't even the issue; its massive flows of people...when in history has it ever been beneficial to a country to allow huge groups into its borders? You're right. Businesses push this shit too because they bow down to the almighty fuckin dolla bill...
Rock

Sylva, NC

#48691 Mar 11, 2014
State of Florida wrote:
<quoted text>
So, what do we do? Write them letters asking them to come and vote Democrat? This country has always had an immigration policy. The company makes the decision who to hire and fire, not the government. Do you think American business' know they can hire immigrants for less money and stick it up the ass of the American worker? Who is to fault? The greedy business owners who hire cheap labor. Fine the hell out of some of these white shirt business' ownerswho hire illegally and throw their ass in jail for the maximum sentence, and you just might see some changes.
. As far as voting Democratic...the countries these new immigrants come from believe in big government...the damn irony is that they are leaving/fleeing the same bullshit and now want it here too...its like yankees who leave the north to come down south...they always seem to want to.change it into the place they just left...fuckin.damn.irony.

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