Arrests in Malaysia

Malaysia’s police chief said on Monday that 17 people, including two who recently returned from Syria, had been arrested on suspicion of plotting terror attacks in the capital Kuala Lumpur.

There are jobs out there.

The great conundrum of the U.S. economy today is that we have record numbers of working age people out of the labor force at the same time we have businesses desperately trying to find workers. …

… As Bob Funk, the president of Express Services, which matches almost half a million temporary workers with employers each year, said, “If you have a useful skill, we can find you a job. But too many are graduating from high school and college without any skills at all.”

I’m confused.

One Indian American says he overcame anti-Asian bias and got into med school by claiming he was black.

Hmmm … only 14 weeks

Meeting the market test.

Stanford University has received a lot of attention for offering free tuition to students whose families make less than $125,000 — throwing in free room and board for those earning less than $65,000.

But there is a trend that could have a larger impact on college pricing. Small- and medium-sized private universities have been slashing tuition for all students in an effort to reverse sliding enrollment numbers. And while these schools are not as prestigious as Stanford, their willingness to cut prices could signal a shift in the cost of higher education.

Nearly a dozen private colleges reduced tuition for the current academic year. Southern Virginia University, for instance, cut tuition and fees 23 percent from $18,900 to $14,600 a year, while Converse College in South Carolina brought down its prices by 43 percent to $16,500 a year.

Arrests in Pakistan.

Security forces claimed the arrest of 11 militants, including four suicide bombers, during raids conducted in different parts of Quetta on Sunday morning.

Khan Wasey, the spokesman for Frontier Corps (FC), a paramilitary force, told DawnNews that security forces and intelligence agency personnel had foiled a major terror bid by apprehending seven terrorists, including four suicide bombers, during a raid in Kuchlak area of Quetta district,

“The terrorists were planning a major terror strike in Quetta,” said Wasey adding that the arrested men belonged a banned militant outfit.

The relic of Easter.

The Shroud’s public exposition, highlighted by the pope’s visit, naturally will also generate a debate about the Shroud’s authenticity. If you have read this far, but are laughing at the idea that the Shroud of Turin is the burial cloth of Jesus and proof of his resurrection, you should know certain numerous indisputable scientific facts. In fact, they are far too many for this space, but here are some highlights.

Wonder if this would help?

No, that is administrative allocation of that scarce resource. And we know very well that in such a system that scarce resource gets allocated administratively to those with the most power over and say in that administration. We don’t mean here “Jerry Brown’s administration” we mean the entire administrative system of California, that rather more permanent state than that controlled by any passing Governor.

The general view among economists is that the best way of allocating any scarce resource is through the market. That is, through allowing prices to vary so that those who value the resource most get to use it by offering the highest price for it.

So much for ‘You can never be too rich or too thin’.

France Bans ‘Ultra-Thin’ Models, Agencies Protests

French deputies today voted to ban ultra-thin catwalk models, despite howls of protest from modelling agencies in the world’s fashion capital.

“Anyone whose body mass index… Is below a certain level will not be able to work as a catwalk model,” according to the amendment voted in the National Assembly lower house of parliament.

Agencies found employing models considered too thin could be liable for a fine of up to 75,000 euros (USD 85,000) and six months in prison.

Arrests in Kenya.

Even as the militant group al-Shabab vowed more attacks, Kenyan officials said Saturday that five terrorists were detained in connection with a bloody assault on a Kenyan university and that more arrests are expected.

Is this nothing more than political correctness writ large in frosting?

Colorado – I guess this had to happen.

Colorado’s legal battles between religious freedom and gay rights continue to play out in the not-so-sweet arena of bakery cake requests.

Last week, the Colorado Civil Rights Division ruled that Denver’s Azucar Bakery did not discriminate against William Jack, a Christian from Castle Rock, by refusing to make two cakes with anti-gay messages and imagery that he requested last year. …

… The agency’s decision found that the baker did not discriminate against Jack based on his creed. Instead, officials state the evidence shows Silva refused to make the cakes because the customer’s requests included “derogatory language and imagery.”

Tomorrow … I think that it has something to do with income tax.

Evidently the First Amendment was not enough.

The federal Restoration of Freedom Act was an unfortunate response to a Supreme Court decision.

Back when there was more wisdom in the practice of law, meaning back when the profession had more humility, there developed a sage doctrine: Courts should resist ordering “specific performance” when a personal service contract is breached. The idea is that when a provider, especially one of small scale, breaks an express or implied agreement to provide a service to a consumer, it is not sensible for a judge to direct that the agreement be carried out as written.

The doctrine leapt to mind during this week of manufactured controversy over the state of Indiana’s near-verbatim replication of the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA).

And it’s come to this.

When inspectors general go bad

Earlier this week, Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-Texas, took to the House floor to call for the removal of Commerce Inspector General Todd Zinser. “The evidence the committee obtained regarding Mr. Zinser’s personal misconduct and professional mismanagement of his office is overwhelming,” she said, before laying that evidence out in great detail.

The bipartisan investigation into Zinser’s conduct in office began in 2012, when a financial scandal was revealed at the National Weather Service. Federal employees there had illegally reprogrammed $36 million of the agency’s budget without consulting Congress. They been doing this since 2006.

The House Science Committee noticed not only this fraud, but also the fact that Zinser, the Inspector General for the relevant cabinet department, had apparently known about it and looked the other way.

His decision in 2011 to let the agency investigate itself over this matter, which Johnson called “inexplicable,” led the committee to scrutinize his work further. They found a lot of ugliness when they scratched the surface.

In case you forgot.

why would these women think that this is the answer?

Noelle Velentzas and Asia Siddiqui of Queens charged with plotting to detonate bomb in terror plot

And they should continue this until they run out.

Fannie Mae to begin auctioning defaulted home loans

A good move but … No answers on missing emails.

President Obama just used perhaps the most effective tool in his arsenal to strike against the threat of foreign cyberattacks – that’s right, his pen.

Obama signed a new executive order on Wednesday (1 April 2015) authorizing financial sanctions against foreign hackers, and companies that knowingly benefit from cyberattacks against US interests.

Figures. … Where do they get these people.

A lawyer who worked in the IRS ethics office was disbarred Thursday by the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, which concluded she misappropriated a client’s funds from a case she handled in private practice, broke a number of ethics rules and showed “reckless disregard for the truth” in misleading a disbarment panel looking into the matter.

The lawyer, Takisha Brown, reportedly had bragged that she would never be punished because her boss would protect her, but an IRS spokesman said Wednesday that she was no longer an employee at the agency.

“Our records indicate that this employee no longer works for the IRS,” spokesman Matthew Leas said, though he wouldn’t comment further on the case, which became another black eye for the embattled tax agency when The Washington Times first reported on it last year.

Oh goodie …

This really doesn’t require a whole lot of nuance.

Indiana Shows the Left Has No Concept of Freedom

It’s always about the money.

U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet won’t be returning a smarmy $10,000 campaign donation to his colleague Sen. Robert Menendez, who was indicted this week for peddling political influence in exchange for nearly $1 million in donations and gifts.

However, Bennet said he would donate to charity the $10,000 that came from Menendez through his political action committee, you know, one of those organizations so despised by Democrats.

Specifically, Politico reports that Bennet will donate $10,000 to an unnamed “veterans charities” in Colorado, and since we don’t know who will allegedly receive the contribution, there’s no way for us to actually check whether or not he does so.

No permit needed.

Kansas will become the fifth state to allow its residents to carry concealed firearms without a permit throughout the state. Republican Gov. Sam Brownback on Thursday signed a bill ending the permit requirement. The change takes effect July 1.

The National Rifle Association says Kansas joins Alaska, Arizona, Vermont and Wyoming in having such a policy. The NRA says Montana and Arkansas have concealed carry without a permit, but not everywhere.

Kansas still will issue permits for gun owners who want to carry concealed in other states that recognize Kansas permits. A person seeking a Kansas permit must undergo eight hours of firearms training. Brownback said gun owners have shown they are responsible.

Too good.

Younger workers still taking a hit.