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UC Students Saddled with Higher Tuition to Pay for UC Pensions | Sep 26 2017

UC Doles Out Generous Pensions, Forcing Students to Pay With Higher Tuition


“As parents and students start writing checks for the first in-state tuition hike in seven years at the University of California, they hope the extra money will buy a better education.

But a big chunk of that new money — perhaps tens of millions of dollars — will go to pay for the faculty’s increasingly generous retirements.

Last year, more than 5,400 UC retirees received pensions over $100,000. Someone without a pension would need savings between $2 million and $3 million to guarantee a similar income in retirement.

The number of UC retirees collecting six-figure pensions has increased 60% since 2012, a Times analysis of university data shows. Nearly three dozen received pensions in excess of $300,000 last year, four times as many as in 2012. Among those joining the top echelon was former UC President Mark Yudof, who worked at the university for only seven years — including one year on paid sabbatical and another in which he taught one class per semester.”

….Continue reading more @ KTLA

While Trump goes to Louisiana, Obama and Hillary Vacation in Martha’s Vineyard | Aug 2016

Obama Ripped Bush For Katrina, Noticeably Absent During Louisiana Flooding

– Youtube

“We can talk about a president who only saw the suffering from the comfort of a golf course…….instead of down here on the ground, trying to provide comfort and aid.”

– Obama tries to read a speech on the Senate floor and fails the sincerity test rather miserably. He clearly does so much better reading from a teleprompter later to criticize George Bush for being out of touch with the people suffering in Lousianafter Katrina.

I am sure the people devastated by the floods can feel his empathy from the comfort of Martha’s Vineyard or the golf course./CJ


Trump Arrives in Louisiana to Tour Flood Damage

– Breitbart


“Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump arrived in Baton Rouge, Louisiana Friday morning to tour the flood damaged state where at least 13 have been killed and 30,000 have been forced to leave their homes.

Trump and Pence emerged from the Trump campaign airplane together Friday morning, but Pence arrived in the state shortly before Trump.

Neither Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton nor President Barack Obama intend to visit Louisiana over the weekend, as Breitbart News reported on Thursday.

Mainstream media outlets, which were harshly critical of President George W. Bush’s handling of the 2005 Katrina flooding of New Orleans, have refused to criticize President Obama’s failure to leave his Martha’s Vineyard vacation to visit Louisiana.

On Thursday, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson explained that President Obama was not going to interrupt his Martha’s Vineyard vacation to visit Louisiana because “he has a very busy schedule.”

That schedule on Thursday included a round of golf with television star Larry David and Bain Capital co-managing director Jonathan Lavine.

Many Louisianans feel the flooding has been ignored by the national news.”

….More @ Breitbart.


Louisiana Flooding Brings Out Acts of Kindness Amidst Distress



“It’s said that the worst of times can bring out the best in people.

We’ve seen it over and over whenever tragedy has struck. And we’re seeing it again in Louisiana, dealing with the worst disaster in the US since Hurricane Sandy.

Thousands have lost their homes. But thanks to the kindness of strangers, both in their community and elsewhere, they have not lost hope.

Here’s how people are helping out:

They rescued helpless animals

When floodwaters hit the animal shelter in Denham Springs, the staff was forced to open kennel doors and let dogs swim out and climb onto rooftops. Volunteers used boats to take about 35 animals — including dog, puppies, cats and kittens — to higher ground. Those whose homes aren’t flooded then took in the animals. Others pledged more than $110,000 on a GoFundMe page to help rebuild the shelter, which was flooded to the ceiling.

They helped stranded motorists

One trucker, hauling produce out of New Orleans, was stranded for hours on an interstate. So instead of letting the produce just rot, he got the OK from his bosses to open up the back of the rig and share it with other stranded motorists, according to CDL Life, a trucking website. But that wasn’t the only Good Samaritan trucker on the road: Other truck drivers let moms with young kids sit in their air-conditioned cabs to get out of the heat; another made a big batch of spaghetti and announced “it’s ready!” with a blast of a truck’s air horn.

They looked out for their neighbors

Denham Springs residents John Kay and Amanda Kay were on vacation in Austin, Texas, when the floods hit. Unable to go home, and unsure what condition their home was even in, the Kays started collecting supplies for other flood victims. Earlier this week, a tractor-trailer and van full of the supplies arrived at four shelters in Lafayette. Then on Thursday, the Kays returned to their own home — flooded with six feet of water.

They paid for others

A man paid the $350 bill for a flood victim at a Walmart in Marksville, according to a Facebook post from Love What Matters, which chronicles everyday acts of kindness. He pulled out his credit card and paid for the flood victim’s supplies — which included basic items like toothpaste, a toothbrush, shampoo, shoes, clothes — after she told the man she had lost everything in the floods. “And just like that, the man handed the cashier his credit card and paid for the woman’s things,” the post read. “She cried, his wife cried, and then I cried. It was so touching to see someone be so selfless, especially in this trying time for Louisiana! Pay it forward.”

They sent in a truck load of supplies

Before he became a star player and coach in the NBA, Avery Johnson was a standout basketball player at Baton Rouge’s Southern University. So, when the floods hit, he sent a semi full of supplies to the city. The truck was filled with water, soap, towels, clothes and other much-needed supplies, according to The Advocate newspaper. Athletes at Southern unloaded the truck and helped distribute items. Johnson, now the head basketball coach at Alabama, said sending the truck was “just a small showing of love and support for a community that’s dear to my heart.”

…See more @ KTLA.com. Photo credit: CNN.