A new report released by The Chronicle of Higher Education on Monday revealed that public university presidents in the U.S. are doing quite well financially.
The report lists public university presidents’ compensation for the 2012 fiscal year. Graham Spanier, former president of Penn State University, who was forced out after his handling of the Jerry Sandusky child abuse tragedy, topped the list by bringing in $2.9 million. This includes a base pay of nearly $351,000, a deferred pay of $1.2 million and a severance package of $1.2 million.
Jack Stripling, the Chronicle reporter who worked on the survey, told The New York Times: “The fact that Graham Spanier turns out to be the highest paid president in the country says something about the nature of compensation packages for people who leave under a cloud. … Severance agreements are often very lucrative.”
Following Spanier, Jay Gogue of Auburn University had a compensation package of $2.5 million, and E. Gordon Gee of Ohio State University $1.9 million. Gee received the highest base pay of all the public university presidents at $830,439. The New York Times reported that Gee enjoys a “lavish lifestyle,” which includes “a rent-free mansion with an elevator, a pool and a tennis court and flights on private jets.”
The comments made on Monday are already raising anger in neighbouring countries that bore the brunt of Japan’s wartime aggression, and that have long complained that Japan has failed to make amends for wartime atrocities.
Toru Hashimoto, the young, brash mayor of Osaka who is also co-leader of an emerging conservative political party, also told reporters that there was not clear evidence that the Japanese military coerced women to become what are euphemistically called “comfort women”.
“To maintain discipline in the military, it must have been necessary at that time,” said Hashimoto. “For soldiers who risked their lives in circumstances where bullets are flying around like rain and wind, if you want them to get some rest, a comfort women system was necessary. That’s clear to anyone.”
Historians say up to 200,000 women, mainly from the Korean Peninsula and China, were forced to provide sex for Japanese soldiers in military brothels.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said on Tuesday he had ordered the FBI to open a criminal probe in a growing scandal over the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of conservative political groups for extra tax scrutiny.
Holder’s announcement came about four hours before an inspector general’s report on the IRS portrayed the tax agency as plagued by disarray and “insufficient oversight” during its struggles to review the cases of hundreds of advocacy groups that claimed they should be tax exempt.
The audit, which drew some backlash from IRS officials, also underscored what the agency had acknowledged last Friday: that the IRS had used “inappropriate criteria” for evaluating tax-exempt groups, in part by singling out scores of conservative Tea Party and “Patriot” organizations for increased scrutiny.
The report by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration sharply criticized the way the IRS had screened the conservative groups, citing poor management and processing delays. The report suggested that such practices could damage public confidence in the agency.
I guarantee you Karl had a sinking feeling in the pit of his stomach when he saw that explanation. Because that explanation by reference to earlier comments in the thread is pretty weak. Karl’s follow on piece is entitled “More Details on Benghazi Talking Points Emerge” but the substance is, ‘How the Story Changes When I Realize the Notes I Was Using Weren’t Reliable.’ The answer here is that Karl pretty clearly got burned by his source. But he at least seriously singed himself by making it really, really look like he was looking at the emails themselves when he wasn’t.
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A year ago, Pablo Pantoja was the future of the Republican Party, courting fellow Latinos for the conservative cause and stumping across Florida with Ann Romney’s brother. “Hispanics in the area are going to realize the Republican Party is where they belong,” the Puerto Rico-born Iraq vet told the New York Times in April 2012, just a week after being named the Republican National Committee’s Latino outreach director in the electorally all-important Sunshine State. “We are going to engage Hispanics and Latinos like we’ve never done before,” Reince Priebus had told reporters that month in a conference call introducing Pantoja and his counterparts in five other battleground states. (On Election Night, Mitt Romney lost all of those states except for one, North Carolina.)
Last night, Pantoja put the Grand Old Party in his past. In a moving online letter, he rejected his half-decade of work as a Republican operative and announced he’d become a Democrat. The reason was simple: He’d become fed up with “the culture of intolerance” on the right. “When the political discourse resorts to intolerance and hate, we all lose in what makes America great and the progress made in society,” he wrote, singling out the Heritage Foundation’s recent attacks on immigrant intellectual capacities as the icing on a very large prejudice cake.
Did you see it change much in the past five years? If so, how?
I have seen a change toward the extremes. Perhaps the last round of immigration debates brought some of the same discourse, but this is new for me. Sen. Rubio has suffered being ridiculed [since announcing his support for immigration reform] by those who now denounce him but once supported him. On the surface, Mexican hats on a picture of Rubio seem like a bad joke. But then you hear commentators saying some very misguided things that unfortunately do resonate with the base of the Republican Party. Then you hear about this extremist study. So on and so forth.
Others in the party have called Spanish the language of the ghetto, then later apologized when it was convenient. I would have thought that was old stuff, but again, look at the current immigration debate and the studies behind it.
These aren’t just gaffes out there that are made by some elected Republican calling people “wetbacks” and such. These are core issues of intolerance that are part of that culture. For example, how does it make sense to drug-test people because they are taking welfare benefits? Some may argue that it’s OK because they want to make sure the money is not going to fraud, but I’m starting to think that’s not the case.
Did you see other folks in the GOP wrestling with these issues like you? Did you ever have any frank discussions about uneasiness with the party’s direction?
I won’t mention names, but I did have conversations about immigration where increasingly I had to defend the fact that the people most affected were human beings.
I had shared some concerns here and there, but it’s difficult sometimes without looking out of place. I’m not entirely sure how others manage expectations. Some say they stay to change it from within, but that’s their choice. I think there would be too much to change; they’d have to turn the Republican Party into another party completely.
The only way some of these elected [official]s can function in the Republican Party is if they take these extreme positions, such as the immigration posturing. If they don’t denounce these racist remarks, then perhaps they actually believe in them. I can’t say for sure. Recently, the only way to satisfy the base of the Republican Party was to adopt an anti-gay and lesbian platform. Another example of intolerance. Even if within the party there are disagreements, the intolerance shouldn’t be accepted.
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I think that it is a common story, whether you are a Hispanic or just a non old, fat, White, Evangelical man it was, as Ronald Reagan famously said (paraphrasing) , “It was the Party that left me”.
A drone the size of a fighter jet took off from the deck of an American aircraft carrier for the first time Tuesday in a test flight that could open the way for the U.S. to launch unmanned aircraft from just about any place in the world. (May 14)
Broiled Rainbow Trout
1 filet rainbow trout
Coarse ground black pepper
Chopped parsley, cilantro or chives
Extra virgin olive oil
Fresh squeezed lemon juice
Preheat oven to 400.
Sprinkle filet with black pepper, garlic powder, chopped herbs. Drizzle with olive oil. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove from oven immediately, Before serving, sprinkle with lemon juice and garnish with lemon slices.
Olive Pasta Salad
2 c. rotini, gemelli, or other “short cut” pasta, cooked and drained
1 can yellow sweet corn
1 red pepper, chopped
1 sour pickle, diced
½ c. sliced black olives
½ c. sliced green olives
2 Tbsp. mayonnaise
¼ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. pepper
¼ tsp. garlic powder
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
1 tsp. extra virgin olive oil
Combine pasta, corn, pepper, pickle, & olives. Combine dressing ingredients and toss together just before serving. Serves 6.
1 package hearts of romaine, shredded
1 avocado, diced
1 small seedless cucumber, sliced
1 Tbsp. chopped pecans or toasted walnuts
Toss together romaine, avocado & cucumber. Sprinkle pecans or walnuts on top.
Raspberry vinaigrette dressing
4 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
2 Tbsp. raspberry juice (from thawed package of frozen raspberries, use the raspberries for something else)
2 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
2 Tbsp. brown sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. onion powder
Combine juice, vinegar and spices, mix all together. Pour in olive oil and shake well.
“Teahupoo went above and beyond expectations on Monday,” Alex Gray explained. “The morning was pristine six- to 10-foot paddle conditions. Just as Surfline predicted, around 1 o’clock the waves went to a whole other level. Tow only, below-sea-level tube monsters. Straight up scary stuff.”