1 in 2 new graduates are jobless or underemployed

The college class of 2012 is in for a rude welcome to the world of work.

A weak labor market already has left half of young college graduates either jobless or underemployed in positions that don’t fully use their skills and knowledge.

Young adults with bachelor’s degrees are increasingly scraping by in lower-wage jobs — waiter or waitress, bartender, retail clerk or receptionist, for example — and that’s confounding their hopes a degree would pay off despite higher tuition and mounting student loans.

An analysis of government data conducted for The Associated Press lays bare the highly uneven prospects for holders of bachelor’s degrees.

Opportunities for college graduates vary widely.

While there’s strong demand in science, education and health fields, arts and humanities flounder. Median wages for those with bachelor’s degrees are down from 2000, hit by technological changes that are eliminating midlevel jobs such as bank tellers. Most future job openings are projected to be in lower-skilled positions such as home health aides, who can provide personalized attention as the U.S. population ages.

Taking underemployment into consideration, the job prospects for bachelor’s degree holders fell last year to the lowest level in more than a decade.

“I don’t even know what I’m looking for,” says Michael Bledsoe, who described months of fruitless job searches as he served customers at a Seattle coffeehouse. The 23-year-old graduated in 2010 with a creative writing degree.

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100,000 UK Women Could Be Victims of FGM

Britain’s Sunday Times is reporting that as many as 100,000 women in the UK may have undergone female genital mutilation (FGM) procedures– with some medics allegedly offering to carry out the brutal surgery on girls as young as 10.

Though the practice carries a jail sentence of up to 14 years in Britain, the paper reportedly filmed a family doctor, a respected dentist and an alternative medicine practitioner willing to carry out the illegal practice, or arrange for it to be done, on various females in Britain.

The procedure, which is widespread across Africa and parts of the Middle East, involves surgically removing external genitalia and, in some cases, the stitching of the vaginal opening, in an effort to reduce women’s sex drive. The victims range in age from babies to young teens, and can often suffer long-term damage or be left in agony by the dangerous practice.

While Forward, a charity that campaigns against FGM, estimates that around 100,000 women in the UK are victims of the practice, Britain’s Metropolitan police admits that it has received 166 reports of people who feared they were at risk for the procedure since 2008.

However, according to the Sunday Times, no one has ever been convicted of the offense.

Furthermore, only two doctors have been dismissed from the General Medical Council since 1980 on related charges.

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Tebow talks faith, ‘Tebowing,’ football at Trinity Christian School fundraiser

Tim Tebow may have two state football championships, two BCS national titles and the ability to boast playing quarterback for two NFL teams under his belt.

But on Sunday afternoon, he told a Lubbock audience of thousands in City Bank Auditorium that football only comes third on his list of priorities — right behind faith and family.

“At the end of the day, I don’t want my legacy to be known as a football player,” he said on stage. “I want to be known as someone who had an impact on kids’ lives.”

And in a nearly hour-long question-and-answer session advertised as “Tim Tebow Talks Faith”, the New York Jets quarterback didn’t disappoint, telling stories of his Christian faith, values, character and passion for competition during an annual fundraiser for Trinity Christian School.

Answering questions from Trinity Christian Superintendent Rob Winkler, Tebow described his childhood playing sports, going on mission trips overseas, making the decision to play college ball for the University of Florida and his thoughts on “Tebowing.”

The NFL quarterback propelled to national fame just as much for his displays of faith — praying on field — as his football success said he has mixed feelings about attention and criticism he has received from media talking heads and the public.

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Labor union sues Indiana, calls working alongside nonunion employees ‘slavery’

In a lawsuit against three Indiana government officials, a labor union alleged on Wednesday that its constitutional rights under the Thirteenth Amendment — which outlawed “slavery” and “involuntary servitude” — are violated whenever its members are forced to work alongside nonunion employees.

The International Union of Operating Engineers, whose members work as heavy equipment operators, mechanics and construction surveyors, sued Indiana’s governor, attorney general, and labor commissioner in February, alleging that the state’s “right to work” law is unconstitutional.

Indiana’s law prohibits employers from making union membership a condition of getting or keeping a job. The union’s February lawsuit claimed the law violated its members’ Fourteenth Amendment guarantee of “equal protection” under the law.

But an amended complaint filed on Wednesday added a Thirteenth Amendment claim as well. The new lawsuit suggests that when nonunion employees earn higher salaries and better benefits because of the union’s negotiation on behalf of its members, the union has been forced to work for those nonunion employees for free.

And being forced to work without compensation, the union suggested in its revised lawsuit, is slavery.

“In this case, the Defendants have exacted compulsory service and/or involuntary servitude from the Union through the combination of the passage of the Right to Work law and the existing federal requirement of the duty of fair representation,” the amended complaint reads.

“Through these laws, the Union is compelled to furnish services to all persons in bargaining units that it represents, but it may not require payment for those services because of the Right to Work law. The statute also requires dues-paying union members to work alongside non-union personnel, and that is compulsory service and/or involuntary servitude within the meaning of the Thirteenth Amendment.”

Mackinac Center for Public Policy senior legal analyst Patrick Wright said on Friday that the union’s legal argument “expands the definition of chutzpah.”

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Maryland taxpayers, tell your legislators not to raise taxes

Letter to the Editor:

So we Marylanders have a choice between a Democratic comptroller who warns us we must pay higher taxes, a Republican former governor who did raise taxes and a current Democratic governor who stealth-taxes us?

How about we elect a General Assembly in 2014 that will respond to its constituency by reducing the budget and not raising taxes any further?

Surely the Maryland General Assembly can be pressured to stop the spending.For those of us in Legislative District 20, it may seem like a lost cause because our legislators are at the core of the overspending problem. But even here, we cannot give up.

A tighter budget, not additional taxes, will resolve the budget deficit problem. We need to let them know that.

Katie Holland

Silver Spring

Communists March Through Paris!!!

Are We Headed Toward the Constitution or the Communist Manifesto?

During his Thursday morning radio broadcast, Glenn Beck asked if America, on its current trajectory, is headed toward the values and principles of the Constitution, or rather, those of the Communist Manifesto.

To glean greater insight, The Blaze expanded on each of the Manifesto’s 10 planks and juxtaposed them with modern day American society. The picture revealed, while perhaps not shocking, is unsettling to say the least.

Considered the playbook, the framework, the founding document of Communism, it is argued that no other political volume has altered the course of history more than Karl Marx and Friedrich Engel’s tiny yet effective blueprint for the proletariat.

Commissioned by the Communist League, Marx and Engels laid out their analysis of capitalism and class struggle while supposedly offering economic and socio-political “solutions” rooted in what they called science. While every instance of Communism attempted around the globe has since failed abysmally and without exception, proponents still cry that Marx’s inviolable political and economic theories were simply “improperly executed” and thus, if true to the Manifesto, Marxism is, in itself, “perfect.” A little known fact, however, is that these champions’ premise is based on a flawed narrative, as Karl Marx in fact falsified much of the data he used to support his untenable political and economic system. Of Marx’s flagrant disregard for the facts, British philosopher Anthony Flew wrote:

…the first and only volume of Das Kapital to be published in the lifetime of Marx was, in his own words, to demonstrate that “In proportion as capital accumulates, the lot of the labourer must grow worse. Accumulation of wealth at one pole is at the same time accumulation of misery, agony of toil, slavery, ignorance, brutality, mental degradation at the opposite pole.” But by 1867, when that volume was first published, Marx had known for 15 or more years that this thesis was false.

Flew continued that Marx’s response was “merely to suppress the falsifying data.” This was manifested in the first edition of Das Kapital where “various available British statistics—about the reliability of which there was no question—were given up to 1865 or 1866, whereas those for the movement of wages stop at 1850.” In Kapital’s second edition, however, according to Flew, all subsequent runs were “brought up to date, while that of wage movements still stops at 1850.”

While clearly not a “man of science,” nor one who held facts in high regard, generations of leftists take the words of Karl Marx as absolute truth, and indeed, the gospel. Below are the tenets they seek to live by, as mapped out in his “magnum opus.”

1. Abolition of private property

The first plank of Communism is the abolishment of private property. America is certainly here in terms of eminent domain, where the state has the ability to expropriate private property “for the public good.” Per the Fifth Amendment, the government must fairly compensate a citizen in return, but lines tend to blur when the government is given the authority to assess what is “fair and just” in the first place. Regardless of whether the final sum is one agreeable to the private citizen, the property will still be confiscated with or without the owner’s consent.

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