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Posted by zeakster on January 31, 2009

About 850 Burmese refugees arrived in Fort Wayne in 2008, 600 the year before, joining an estimated 5,000 already here. Many come to join family or friends after first being resettled in another city, so no one is certain just how many Burmese refugees are living in Allen County.

But what agencies are certain of is that many hands and open hearts are needed to assist refugees as they make their home in a new land, which has led international aid organization World Relief, based in Baltimore, to open an office in Fort Wayne. It is located at 2501 S. Harrison St. in donated space within Simpson United Methodist Church.

World Relief’s mission is to “empower churches to minister to refugees in America with the compassion of Christ,” said Jeff Keplar, director of the agency’s Fort Wayne office.

THEY let the mess that is happening in burma occur why are we taking them in? pretty soon were going to have a mess here whos going to take us in? no one becuase we will evenually clean up our own mess.

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Posted by zeakster on January 30, 2009

WASHINGTON – The Republican Party chose the first black national chairman in its history Friday, just shy of three months after the nation elected a Democrat as the first African-American president. The choice marked no less than “the dawn of a new party,” declared the new GOP chairman, former Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele. Republicans chose Steele over four other candidates, including former President George W. Bush‘s hand-picked GOP chief, who bowed out declaring, “Obviously the winds of change are blowing.”

Steele takes the helm of a beleaguered Republican Party that is trying to recover after crushing defeats in November’s national elections that gave Democrats control of Congress put Barack Obama in the White House.

GOP delegates erupted in cheers and applause when his victory was announced, but it took six ballots to get there. He’ll serve a two-year term.

perhaps now we can move on and move back to our roots

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Posted by zeakster on January 30, 2009

URBANA, Md. (AP) – The Justice Department says it foiled a plot by a fired Fannie Mae contract worker in Maryland to destroy all the data on the mortgage giant’s 4,000 computer servers nationwide.The U.S. Attorney’s Office says 35-year-old Rajendrasinh Makwana, of Glen Allen, Va., is scheduled for arraignment Friday in U.S. District Court in Baltimore on one count of computer intrusion.

U.S. Attorney Rod Rosenstein says Makwana was fired Oct. 24.

Rosenstein says that on that day, Makwana programmed a computer with a malicious code that was set to spread throughout the Fannie Mae network and destroy all data this Saturday.

Makwana’s federal public defender did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

Washington-based Fannie Mae is the largest U.S. mortgage finance company.

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Posted by zeakster on January 30, 2009

OBAMA  has chosen sides once again not based on anything but who contributed to his presidential run. for a president who ran on a unity platform its funny how devise he has become. aleinating a great deal of people because they were on the wrong side of an election seems to be a bit petty. so much for fairness or being impartial if you gave money you have his support.


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Posted by zeakster on January 30, 2009

The reduction of the employee complement through layoffs was not presented to the congressional subcommittee by the Postmaster General and does not appear to be under consideration at this time.

Contractual protections against layoffs require management to engage in a detailed process that includes severance pay for employees who volunteer to retire early. These requirements would make it extremely expensive to layoff employees, so, while layoffs were feared, this possibility no longer seems to represent a threat.

But the elimination of layoffs as a near-term option offers very little reassurance to the remaining part-time employees and those on light duty. The hours of these employees are being reduced to a level that is tantamount to a layoff. Area and District managers have issued orders to limit the hours of these employees to levels that cannot support a family — or an individual. The contractual limits on the use of casual employees to the detriment of PTFs or light-duty employees should be strictly enforced.

I find great comfort in knowing that the PTFs who were converted to full time as a component of the 2006 Collective Bargaining Agreement now enjoy the eight-hour guarantee, and are not suffering a serious reduction in their work hours.

The Postmaster General’s testimony has removed the cloud of impending layoffs, but it offered little comfort that there are realistic plans to reduce the impact of the current crisis on postal employees and the Postal Service as a whole.

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Posted by zeakster on January 30, 2009

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama hammered Wall Street institutions Thursday for what he called “shameful” bonuses, saying it is the “height of irresponsibility” to ask for help from taxpayers and continue to reward executives with handsome pay packages.

[Barack Obama]

Barack Obama

“There will be time for them to make profits, and there will be time for them to get bonuses. Now is not that time,” President Obama said before an Oval Office meeting with Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and Vice President Joe Biden.

The remarks are the president’s strongest yet on Wall Street compensation, and they come as his administration readies a new strategy to confront the financial crisis, an approach that could cost far more than the $350 billion remaining in the Treasury Department’s Troubled Asset Relief Program.

Earlier Thursday, New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli said that total Wall Street bonuses totaled $18.4 billion last year. Though that represented a 44% drop from the previous year, the size of the bonus pool was the sixth-highest ever.

“When I saw an article today that indicates that Wall Street bankers had given themselves $20 billion worth of bonuses, the same amount of bonuses as they gave themselves in 2004, at a time when most of these institutions are teetering on collapse and they are asking for taxpayers to help sustain them, and when taxpayers find themselves in the difficult position that if they don’t provide help then the entire system could come down on top of our heads, that is the height of irresponsibility,” President Obama told reporters.

“It is shameful.”

MONEY FOR THE PARK SERVICE  money for std research money for condoms all of this pork  in a “stimulus” bill 20 billion directly affects the economy the rest of the trillion all pork an expansion of big government….and he can say this with a straight face. the honeymoon is over mr president.

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Posted by zeakster on January 28, 2009

WASHINGTON (AP) – Massive deficits could force the post office to cut out one day of mail delivery, the postmaster general told Congress on Wednesday, in asking lawmakers to lift the requirement that the agency deliver mail six days a week.If the change happens, that doesn’t necessarily mean an end to Saturday mail delivery. Previous post office studies have looked at the possibility of skipping some other day when mail flow is light, such as Tuesday.

Faced with dwindling mail volume and rising costs, the post office was $2.8 billion in the red last year. “If current trends continue, we could experience a net loss of $6 billion or more this fiscal year,” Potter said in testimony for a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs subcommittee.

Total mail volume was 202 billion items last year, over 9 billion less than the year before, the largest single volume drop in history.

And, despite annual rate increases, Potter said 2009 could be the first year since 1946 that the actual amount of money collected by the post office declines.

“It is possible that the cost of six-day delivery may simply prove to be unaffordable,” Potter said. “I reluctantly request that Congress remove the annual appropriation bill rider, first added in 1983, that requires the Postal Service to deliver mail six days each week.”

“The ability to suspend delivery on the lightest delivery days, for example, could save dollars in both our delivery and our processing and distribution networks. I do not make this request lightly, but I am forced to consider every option given the severity of our challenge,” Potter said.

That doesn’t mean it would happen right away, he noted, adding that the agency is working to cut costs and any final decision on changing delivery would have to be made by the postal governing board.

If it did become necessary to go to five-day delivery, Potter said, “we would do this by suspending delivery on the lightest volume days.”

The Postal Service raised the issue of cutting back on days of service last fall in a study it issued. At that time the agency said the six-day rule should be eliminated, giving the post office, “the flexibility to meet future needs for delivery frequency.

A study done by George Mason University last year for the independent Postal Regulatory Commission estimated that going from six-day to five-day delivery would save the post office more than $1.9 billion annually, while a Postal Service study estimated the saving at $3.5 billion.

The next postal rate increase is scheduled for May, with the amount to be announced next month. Under current rules that would be limited to the amount of the increase in last year’s consumer price index, 3.8 percent. That would round to a 2-cent increase in the current 42-cent first class rate.

The agency could request a larger increase because of the special circumstances, but Potter believes that would be counterproductive by causing mail volume to fall even more.

Dan G. Blair, chairman of the Postal Regulatory Commission, noted in his testimony that cutting service could also carry the risk of loss of mail volume. He suggested Congress review both delivery and restrictions it imposed on the closing of small and rural post offices.

The post office’s problem is twofold, Potter explained.

“A revolution in the way people communicate has structurally changed the way America uses the mail,” with a shift from first-class letters to the Internet for personal communications, billings, payments, statements and business correspondence.

To some extent that was made up for my growth in standard mail—largely advertising—but the economic meltdown has resulted in a drop there also.

Potter also asked that Congress ease the requirement that it make advance payments into a fund to cover future health benefits for retirees. Last year the post office was required to put $5.6 billion into the fund.

“We are in uncharted waters,” Potter said. “But we do know that mail volume and revenue—and with them the health of the mail system—are dependent on the length and depth of the current economic recession.”

He proposed easing the retirement pre-funding for eight years, while promising that the agency will cover the premiums for retirement health insurance.

At the same hearing the General Accounting Office agreed that the post office is facing an urgent need for help to preserve its financial strength. But the GAO suggested easing the pre-funding requirement for only two years, with Congress to determine the need for more relief later.

Potter noted that the agency has cut costs by $1 billion per year since 2002, reduced its work force by 120,000, halted construction of new facilities except in emergencies, frozen executive salaries and is in the process of reducing its headquarters work force by 15 percent.

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Posted by zeakster on January 28, 2009

gingrey backs down day after making anti rush comments. after determining hes pissed off a huge part of his constituency gingrey makes the political decision to back down appearing on rushs’ show today. rush may forgive this spineless politician but i would guess there are still a lot of pissed off voters. stop reading the polls congressman you either are conservative or your not.

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Posted by zeakster on January 28, 2009

Wed Jan 28 2009 09:58:30 ET

Democrats may have eliminated provisions in the “job stimulus” on birth control and sod for the National Mall — but buried on page 147 of the bill is economic stimulation for the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases!

The House Democrats’ bill includes $335 million for sexually transmitted disease (STD) education and prevention programs at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the DRUDGE REPORT has learned.

In the past, the CDC has used this STD education funding for programs that many Members of Congress find objectionable and arguably unrelated to a mission of economic stimulus [such as funding events called “Booty Call” and “Great Sex” put on by an organization that received $698,000 in government funds.]

“Whether this funding has merit is not the question; the point is it has no business in an economic plan supposedly focused on job creation,” says a stimulated Hill source.



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Posted by zeakster on January 28, 2009

THERE TAKING down comments faster than people can put them up. didnt they learn not to mess with rush after the reid fiasco? i wonder how much he’ll get on ebay for this letter. submit your favorite non profit now for consideration.

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