In the 8:47 video below, Governor Chris Christie lays out the hard facts with a little common sense and no b.s. He administers some much needed corporeal punishment to a teachers’ union lackey during a town hall meeting in Flemington, New Jersey.
With so many people in the state out of work or taking pay cuts, public school teacher unions refuse to accept pay freezes or overhaul their pension and benefits system which is on the brink of insolvency. The plain spoken Republican offers a detailed explanation of what’s wrong with public employee unions and their odious tactics.
Christie is willing to take on the teacher unions and do the peoples’ business without regard for how well it plays in Peoria.
Governor Chris Christie “Schools” Teacher About The Budget 8:47 Video
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Reacting to the on-again, off-again burning of the Quran by pastor Terry Jones and his Florida congregants, the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO), an arm of the 56-nation Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), is calling for the United Nations “to issue an international law criminalizing all forms of offense against religions under any circumstances.”
ISESCO is using the Quran-burning threat and the Ground Zero mosque controversy to move forward OIC’s decade-old campaign to outlaw “religious defamation” worldwide.
OIC wants the U.N. to prosecute acts of “Islamophobia,” such as anti-Muslim graffiti, criticism of human rights abuses in Islamic states, and counter-terrorism profiling.
Advocates for religious freedom and free speech argue that outlawing “religious defamation” is tantamount to enforcing blasphemy laws like those in Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. Such laws would silence legitimate criticism of Islamic teachings and authorities and make life even more difficult for non-Muslim minorities.
For more on this story, see Citing Quran-Burning Threat, Islamic Body Wants U.N. to Outlaw ‘Offenses Against Religion’ by Patrick Goodenough.
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North Carolina sheriff’s association wants to access the state’s prescription drug database to identify patients who take painkillers and controlled substances and arrest those who are prescription drug abusers.
“We can better go after those who are abusing the system.”—Tracy L. Carter, Lee County Sheriff
According to statistics from the state Department of Health and Human Services for the first half of 2010, the state’s database contained about 53.5 million prescriptions, and almost one-third of them were for controlled substances.
The state started collecting the information in 2007 to help doctors identify patients who go from doctor to doctor looking for prescription drugs they may not need, and to keep pharmacists from supplying patients with too many pills. But only about 20 percent of the state’s doctors have registered to use the information, and only 10 percent of the pharmacies are registered.—Lynn Bonner
Patient advocates say access to the database would violate privacy rights.
“I am very concerned about the potential privacy issues for people with pain. I don’t feel that I should have to sign away my privacy rights just because I take an opioid under doctor’s care.”—Candy Pitcher, American Pain Foundation volunteer
For more on the story, see Sheriffs want lists of patients using painkillers by Lynn Bonner.
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