Archive for July 21st, 2011

The federal government has a spending problem, and some of its proliferate spending involves “institutional waste.” At a time when the nation is broke and headed for bankruptcy, the federal government’s National Institutes of Health (NIH) uses tax dollars for data collection to determine the effect of penis size on the sex life of a homosexual man.

[A]t least $9.4 million went to a 10-year study that included the penis-size research …

Hunter College used NIH grant money to produce the 2009 report, “The Association Between Penis Size and Sexual Health Among Men Who Have Sex with Men.” The report determined that homosexuals “with ‘below average penises’ were more likely to assume a ‘bottom’ sexual position, while those with ‘above average penises’ were more likely to assume a ‘top’ sexual position. Those with average penises identified themselves as ‘versatile’ in the bedroom.”

The study also found that well-endowed homosexuals enjoyed their lifestyle more but were a greater risk to contract certain sexually transmitted diseases.

Hunter College professor Jeffrey Parsons said the study was necessary to assess “the association between penis size and socio-sexual health” among men who have sex with men.

For more on the story, see NIH-Backed Study Examined Effects of Penis Size in Gay Community.

City leaders in Salinas, California, gave over half a million tax-payer dollars to a start-up company to build environmentally-friendly electric cars, but the heralded job creator closed up shop before any vehicles came off the assembly line.

The city’s mayor, director of economic development, and council members were all aflutter when Green Vehicles agreed to move its operation to Salinas. Mayor Dennis Donohue said the company would pave the way in creating jobs, and Economic Development Director Jeff Weir envisioned Salinas as the “electric valley,” the hub for alternative energy production.

“When I first ran for mayor, today is exactly what I had in mind for the future of Salinas.”—Dennis Donohue, Mayor of Salinas

But earlier this month, Green Vehicles President and Co-Founder Mike Ryan e-mailed city leaders with the news that the 70 new jobs and the $700,000 in annual taxes his company promised were gone, and so was the city’s investment money.

Donohue was “surprised and disappointed” by the news, and city officials were upset that Ryan had used e-mail to break the news.

City leaders are now frantically working with state officials to recoup some of the tax-payer money they wasted pursuing their pipe dream.

“You’re spending money where you shouldn’t be, you’re just handing it over. It doesn’t belong to you Mayor Donohue.”—Margaret Bonetti, Salinas resident

For more on the story, see Electric Car Maker Folds, Salinas Loses $500,000 and Salinas Leaders Take Heat Over Green Vehicles’ Flop.

In a voice vote, the House Republicans passed an amendment to block the Energy Department’s new light bulb efficiency standards from taking effect next year. DOE’s new standards would require traditional incandescent light bulbs to be 30 percent more energy efficient.

Representative Michael Burgess’ (R-Texas) amendment doesn’t repeal the federal standards; it only keeps DOE from enforcing the new standards through September 2012. Unless Congress removes the regulatory language in the 2007 funding bill, the amendment will have to be attached each year

The amendment will likely pass the Senate and get signed into law because it’s a rider on the bill that funds all energy and water-development agencies.

The banning of incandescent bulbs has come to symbolize an overreaching, regulatory nanny-state. At least for now, the American people can choose the type of light bulb they prefer in their homes.

Both Democrats and the Ruler opposed the Burgess amendment.

For more on the story, see House turns off light bulb standards.

Ohio lawmakers have introduced legislation that would direct federal and state tax dollars to state, county, and local health centers rather than fund abortion mills such as Planned Parenthood.

“This legislation will ensure that family planning dollars are spent in an efficient and ethical manner that prioritizes comprehensive care.”—Kris Jordan, state senator

Similar legislation has been adopted in Texas, Kansas, and Tennessee.

For more on the story, see Ohio Legislators Introduce Bills To Fund Health Clinics, Not Abortion Providers.

Scientists have discovered a new strain of gonorrhea that is resistant to all currently recommended antibiotics, and it could become a global public health threat.

The new “superbug” strain, called H041, cannot be killed by cephalosporin-class antibiotics, the last remaining drugs still effective in treating gonorrhea.

“[T]his bacterium has shown a remarkable capacity to develop resistance mechanisms to all drugs introduced to control it.”—Magnus Unemo of the Swedish Reference Laboratory for Pathogenic Neisseria

If left untreated, Gonorrhea can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease, ectopic pregnancy and infertility in women. The STD is most prevalent in south and southeast Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates the U.S. has about 700,000 gonorrhea cases a year.

For more on the story, see Scientists find first superbug strain of gonorrhea.

Communist Party USA leader Sam Webb says that his party will continue to support the Ruler and the Democrat Party in 2012. Although Webb admits he’s disappointed with certain aspects of the Ruler’s domestic and foreign policy, he says he understands that the Ruler operates in a very hostile political environment where right wingers work overtime to wreck his initiatives every step of the way.

“Neither party is anti-capitalist, but they aren’t identical either. Differences exist at the levels of policy and social composition. And despite the many frustrations of the past two years, the election of Barack Obama was historic and gave space to struggle for a people’s agenda.

If … the Republicans had been victorious in 2008 the character of class and democratic struggles would have unfolded very differently. Our movement would have been on the defensive from Day One …”— Sam Webb, Communist Party USA leader

Yet, Glenn Beck, Jerry Doyle, and a gaggle of lesser known radio talk show hosts keep telling audiences that there’s not a dimes worth of difference between the two parties.

For more on the story, see Does it matter which party wins?

Eric Holder’s Justice Department allowed some “blue” states to disenfranchise military voters serving overseas during the 2010 mid-term elections. A report conducted by the Military Voter Protection Project (MVP) found that less than 5 percent of military personnel voted last year because DoJ failed to enforce federal law.

The 2009 Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment (MOVE) Act requires states to send absentee ballots to troops and their families at least 45 days before ballots are due. In the 2010 elections, 14 states failed to meet the deadline, yet DoJ filed suit against only some of them.

  • Illinois had 35 counties that violated MOVE provisions. 
  • Maryland sent ballots for the federal elections but withheld ballots for the local elections.
  • New York tossed out one of every three ballots cast, even though the ballots arrived within the negotiated time frame.

The study also showed that other states counted 94.1 percent of the ballots, despite confusion in sending them out.

“The states didn’t have clear guidelines from the Department of Justice from the very beginning, even though the Department of Justice promised to provide those guidelines”—Eric Eversole, MVP founder and author of the report

For more on the story, see Flaws seen in absentee ballot program.


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