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Prisoners Collect Mllions in Unemployment Benefits

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 1:17 pm

Another example of why we need to raise taxes in this country:

DID YOU KNOW that Philadelphia prison inmates collected unemployment benefits while sitting in their cells?

They did: 1,162 of them got an average of $344 a week for, on average, 18 weeks. That’s more than $7 million.

And many of the 25,500 inmates in other county jails in Pennsylvania did the same.

The column estimates that the state of Pennsylvania alone may have been paying as much as $27 million a year for an undetermined number of years.

Your tax dollars at work.

Via Drudge.

Hagel Brought to Speak at Rutgers By Man With Ties to Iranian Government

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 1:03 am

Charles C. Johnson has a piece in the Daily Caller titled Supporter of Iranian dictatorship brought Chuck Hagel to Rutgers University for 2007 speech:

A pro-Hezbollah, pro-Hamas candidate for the Iranian presidency, a man linked to Iranian-controlled front groups, brought former Republican Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel to speak at Rutgers University in 2007, according to another professor on campus.

Hooshang Amirahmadi, who led Rutgers’ Center for Middle Eastern Studies when Hagel came to campus, is the founder and president of the American-Iranian Council. He arranged for Hagel’s speech on March 2, 2007, the faculty source told The Daily Caller.

This Amirahmadi fellow’s connection run straight to the government of Iran:

Amirahmadi’s CV discloses that he has received financial support from the Alavi Foundation, a wealthy organization that the U.S. government has called “a front for the government of Iran.”

And IRS records provided to TheDC by show that between 2003 and 2008, Rutgers University received $688,000 from the same foundation.

Does anyone else see a problem here?

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