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October 29, 2010

McDonald's caught telling employees to vote Republican if they want raises

ThinkProgress -- Ohio McDonald’s Tells Employees To Vote Republican If They Want To Continue Receiving Raises And Benefits
McDonald’s sells itself as the ultimate happy place. But this election season, a local McDonald’s franchise in Canton, Ohio is telling employees how to keep the company happy: vote Republican. Along with their recent paychecks, employees received a pamphlet from their employer on company letter head that stated “as the election season is here, we wanted you to know which candidates will help our business grow in the future.” While pointing out that the vote is the employee’s “personal decision,” the pamphlet explicitly states, “if the right people are elected we will be able to continue with raises and benefits at or above our present levels. If others are elected we will not” . . .

After false positive on drug test, Pennsylvania takes away woman's three-day-old baby

Pa. pair: Baby taken after bagel altered drug test - Yahoo! News
Mort, 21, of New Castle said she was home with her baby, Isabella, on April 30 when a CYS caseworker arrived with an emergency protective custody order and took the baby away. The suit says the agency had no proof suggesting the baby might be in danger other than notice from Jameson Hospital that Mort had failed a drug test. "Lawrence County Children & Youth Services ripped this couple's baby from them just three days after her birth," said Sara Rose, an attorney with the ACLU. . . . Rose said Mort was never told in the hospital that she had failed a drug test, nor was she asked if she had eaten anything that could affect the test results. Also, neither the hospital nor CYS checked with Mort's doctor, who would have told them that two drug tests Mort took during her pregnancy were both negative. "They would have realized that Liz never used any illegal drugs while she was pregnant and the only thing that she was guilty of was eating a poppy seed bagel shortly before being admitted to Jameson Hospital," Rose said. The lawsuit alleges that three days after the baby was taken, CYS acknowledged they had made a mistake. Still, Isabella was not returned to her parents for two more days. . . . Jameson Health System has a policy in which they test all patients in the maternity ward for drugs, the suit says. But Rose said the level that determines whether a result is positive for illegal drugs is low and not the standard used by many other entities, including the federal government.

October 22, 2010

Retiring judge accuses collegaue of promising to never rule against corporations, for twenty years

Retiring Judge Accuses Colleague Of Corruptly Siding With Major Financial Firms Over 20 Years | TPMDC
Is it possible that for nearly 20 years, one of the two administrative judges presiding over investor complaints at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission has followed through on a secret vow to rule on the side of financial firms and professionals against individual investors? On his way out the door last month, retiring judge George Painter levied that very charge against his now-former colleague, Bruce Levine. "On Judge Levine's first week on the job, nearly twenty years ago, he came into my office and stated that he had promised Wendy Gramm, then Chairwoman of the Commission, that we would never rule in a complainant's favor," Painter wrote in an order. "A review of his rulings will confirm that he fulfilled his vow."

October 20, 2010

Israeli squatters set fire to Palestinian school for girls

Israeli Taliban Torch Palestinian Girls’ School, Destroy Olive Trees | Informed Comment
The amazing thing about what is being done to the Palestinians in the Palestinian West Bank by Israeli illegal aliens is that it is happening in full view of the world, reported on by wire services, and yet remains invisible to Western publics. The world reacts in horror when the Taliban in Afghanistan torch girls’ schools. But Israeli squatters just set fire to the store room of a Palestinian girls’ school, and the whole school would have gone up in flames if that warehouse had not been near a water main. The Israeli illegals left behind graffiti saying ‘regards from the hills.’ Early in October, Israeli squatters set fire to a Palestinian mosque in Bethlehem. For instance, there is the seasonal vandalism against olive trees in Palestinian orchards, which reached a fever pitch this year. The Israeli authorities prosecute few of these offenses and almost never hand down a punishment to an Israeli squatter.