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Selected News For The Week Aug 20 – Aug 26

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This article was posted by Steve on Friday, August 19th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

23 Responses to “Selected News For The Week Aug 20 – Aug 26”

  1. BillK says:

    In Milwaukee, everything is about race.

    From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

    Barrett, Moore question possible post office closings in city

    By Tom Held

    Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore have challenged the U.S. Postal Service over a list that targets five central city offices for closure in a far-ranging downsizing.

    The Mid City, Parklawn, Teutonia, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Hampton post offices are among 41 in Wisconsin to be assessed, and 3,700 nationwide. To cut costs, the financially troubled postal service plans to shutter more than 10% of its retail locations. Barrett objected to the potential action in a letter sent Tuesday to Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe. Moore, a Milwaukee Democrat, sent a similar letter earlier in the month.

    The five locations in Milwaukee are the only postal locations being reviewed in southeastern Wisconsin, and their closure would harm the thousands of low-income and African-American residents that use them, Barrett said. His office estimated that 162,648 residents would lose access to a post office if the five locations closed.

    “It just struck us as odd that within the seven-county region, the five all slated for closure were in the heart of the city, where the population is predominantly African-American,” Barrett said.

    http://www.jsonline.com/news/milwaukee/127906573.html

    But it gets better – this is both a very sad and very telling quote from U.S. Congresswoman Gwen Moore:

    “We’re very concerned, from an employment perspective and a customer service perspective, this is going to have a chilling effect on the African-American community,” she said. “Going back to the 19th century, the post office has been a door for African-Americans to get into public-service, entry-level jobs and be promoted to managerial positions.”

    Yep, you’ve got it – the key to success is through government jobs.

    It’s like a bad parody except it’s true.

  2. BillK says:

    In Milwaukee, it’s all about race, part two.

    From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

    Plan for Milwaukee Port Authority wind turbine stalls

    By Tom Held

    Plans to build a 154-foot wind turbine to generate power for the Milwaukee Port Authority stalled Thursday over the lack of minority and female business participation in the lowest bid on the construction contract.

    The Milwaukee Board of Harbor Commissioners tabled action on the contract with the low bidder, Kettle View Renewable Energy LLC of Random Lake. The firm’s bid of $522,900 included roughly $2,000 of work by subcontractors, which would meet the emerging business enterprise designation.

    That’s not nearly enough, according to Ald. Robert Bauman, who led the commission’s criticism of the contract.

    The alderman said he would not support a contract for city work that did not address the severe unemployment and underemployment problem in his district and others.

    “If that means losing $500,000, then we’ll lose $500,000,” Bauman said.

    As proposed, a combination of $400,000 in federal renewable-energy stimulus money and grants of up to $100,000 each from the state Focus on Energy Program and We Energies would pay for the wind turbine. …

    http://www.jsonline.com/news/milwaukee/128032388.html

    So this Federal make-work program is tabled because it’s not enough of a total make work program and otherwise might actually build something; it doesn’t matter if the people building it are competent, they have to be minorities or forget it.

    I’m sure every other person in Ald. Bauman’s district is an unemployed wind turbine engineer or experienced construction worker qualified to work on this project, right?

    It’s just crazy.

    Randy Faller, a principal in Kettle View, said his firm worked with experienced subcontractors familiar with the intricacies of the excavation and electrical work in constructing a wind turbine. He has been unable to find businesses that offer that experience and emerging enterprise certification.

    Indeed -how dare he try to find qualified, experienced personnel.

    Once again, what sounds like a bad parody is truth in Milwaukee.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      I remember in high school and again when I was a young enlisted guy, I often stated that this is how things would turn out. I naturally got the stink-eye from many people who couldn’t imagine such governmental manipulation would result in backwards thinking and non-productivity. But there you have it. Bill, thanks for posting these. Nice to know my worst fears are coming true.

      Truly, we’ve been heading down this road for years. Now that we’ve come to the end of it, people still want to say it’s all someone else’s fault. But, so many Americans knew what “affirmative action” was really centered on. But, the national socialists who demanded all this should be happy. This is the creature they asked for, nay, demanded. So, my uptake on that is, of course, you can’t make them happy. It’s impossible.

      Naturally, they will, once again have to come up with some “pro-active” BS to try to thread a needle with a sledgehammer, just to prove to themselves that they are “down with the struggle”.

      *sigh* It’s getting closer and closer to where I really don’t care anymore.

  3. Melly says:

    President orders a government-wide strategy for workforce diversity within 90 days

    By Associated Press, Published: August 18
    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama signed an executive order Thursday directing federal officials to design a government-wide strategy for making the federal workforce more diverse.

    The three-page order directs the head of the Office of Personnel Management, a deputy director at the Office of Management and Budget, the President’s Management Council and the chairman of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to develop the strategy within 90 days. Agencies then have 120 days to work the plan into their hiring and recruiting.

    An Office of Personnel Management report says that in fiscal year 2010, the federal workforce was 66.2 percent white, 17.7 percent black, 8 percent Hispanic, 5.6 percent Asian/Pacific Islander and 1.8 percent Native American. It was 56.1 percent male.

    Obama is planning to unveil job creation proposals next month. Some black lawmakers and leaders have criticized him for not directly addressing unemployment among blacks.

    Blacks and Hispanics have been hit hard by the recession and are suffering unemployment rates of 15.6 percent and 11.3 percent respectively, higher than the 9.1 percent national average.

    Ben Jealous, president of the NAACP, said fighting job discrimination is as important for minorities as job creation.

    “We are a country where it’s easier for a white male with a felony record to find a job than a black man that has never committed a crime, and that in itself is a crime,” Jealous said.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/president-signs-order-for-government-wide-strategy-within-90-days/2011/08/18/gIQASHfEOJ_story.html

    • Chase says:

      The unemployment rate is not 9.1%. Steve has shown clearly how that is a chisled statistic.

      Use the low figures for the general populace, and the grossest exaggerated number for your cause, and voila, a convenient disparity.

      Let’s hear from the OPM what the percentages of white college graduates are, vs the others, and then compare it to the makeup of the Federal workforce. (Perhaps college is not a requirement; high school diplomas maybe?) Is this edict going to match Federal hiring quotas to national proportions?

      Does that mean the DMV in Glen Burnie, MD will have to hire some whites? Oh, sorry, this is Federal….

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      Ben Jealous? Seriously? I can say without a doubt that he’s Been Jealous (of something) his entire life.

  4. proreason says:

    COME ON DOWN !!

    Jobs for deadbeats at the Gubamint Trough!

    Employment for life.
    Don’t like workin…do we ever have a spot for you.
    Experience not necessary.
    Education not necessary.
    Intelligence not necessary

    Move papers from one box to another for good money.
    Looking for single moms who like to work from home and who don’t have a phone.

  5. Melly says:

    Jay Carney was wrong…the Government does create jobs!!! What better gift for minorities than to be even more dependent on Government. Ah…the smell of a dictatorship – it just fills the air, almost chokes you…..

  6. Mithrandir says:

    FLORIDA: PUBLIC OFFICIALS COULD FACE FELONY CHARGES FOR ENACTING GUN LAWS BELOW STATE LEVEL!!!!!!

    From The Blaze: http://www.theblaze.com/stories/gun-rights-win-in-florida-state-law-will-soon-end-local-firearms-restrictions/
    The Examiner: http://www.examiner.com/gun-rights-in-orlando/florida-house-bill-45-aims-to-protect-florida-gun-owners#ixzz1VdFkUNyp

    Florida State House Representative Matt Gaetz aims to put real teeth in Florida’s firearms preemption law this year with House Bill 45. The bill would make it a 3rd degree felony for a lawmaker to knowingly skirt the state statute and provide for $5 million in fines.”

    Source:
    HB-45: Firearms Preemption law (f.s.790.33) to provide uniformity of gun laws.
    HB-155: Privacy of Firearms Owners.
    HB-7161: Exemption of personal identifying information of Concealed Weapons.

    Details:
    HB-45: Citizens and organizations may begin bringing actions against agencies and governments for violations after October 1st. South Miami officials admitted earlier that illegal ordinances they passed would stand until the City was sued and a court declared the ordinance void, as there were no penalties they needed to be afraid of until now.
    HB-7161: Withhold personal identifying information of Concealed Weapons & Firearms license applicants and license holders from public records.
    HB-155: Stop pediatricians from invading privacy rights of gun owners and bringing anti-gun politics into medical examining rooms. Now doctors can’t abuse our rights by asking and collecting data on gun ownership from the “private” doctor’s office. If you live in a state in which they still do this, you may want to remind your doctor that they are still invading your Constitutional rights, whether their state has deemed it so or not.

    *Felony charges? Fines? Removal from office? If we could only do this with our rights at the federal level… then by God, we would truly have a free country, and be able to protect ourselves from our ‘humble public servants.’ –should have done this 100 years ago, would have a vastly different country now.

  7. Melly says:

    (England NHS)
    Hospitals ban pregnant women from having caesareans in cost-cutting move

    Cash-strapped hospitals are banning hundreds of women from having a caesarean birth, it emerged today.

    A number of NHS trusts have said they will only give the go-ahead for a c-section if the woman’s health would be put at risk by a natural birth…

    …Dr Michael Dixon, chairman of the NHS Alliance, which represents GPs who run health service budgets, said: ‘We are going to need to balance all sorts of things in future, from cancer to heart disease. When it comes to treatments we may need to spend less on, that [caesareans] may be one.’

    …Some mothers’ groups say that patient choice is more important than notions of objective risk.

    They argue that woman opt for planned caesareans to avoid the trauma of an emergency procedure and to reduce the risk of post-natal conditions such as incontinence.

    Mothers’ rights campaigner Leigh East, 40, from Ilkley in West Yorkshire, had both her daughters by planned caesarean.

    She said: ‘This is outrageous because one in four women will have a caesarean whether they want one or not. Women who make a positive choice to have a caesarean and remove the risk of an emergency caesarean stand a far better chance of a positive recovery than women who go into childbirth blindly.

    ‘To take that choice away, when it has just been shown that it is a valid option, shows it is being done purely on the basis of costs.’

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2028443/Hospitals-ban-pregnant-women-having-c-sections-cost-cutting-move.html#ixzz1VgL5AcYR

    • spudmom says:

      Notice that the health of the unborn child is not the consideration; which is probably the greatest reason these procedures are used.

    • Petronius says:

      In the ordinary case, in the National Health Service (England) babies are not delivered by an obstetrician but rather by a midwife at a hospital, the only exception being when the birth is by caesarean.

      Heretofore, if you wanted to have your baby delivered by a doctor in England, you had to have a caesarean or go private outside the NHS.

      Cost has always been the overriding consideration in the NHS.

    • Chase says:

      Yep, I second what Petronius has shareda about the UK and NHS – I had a narrow experience perhaps, but lived there for over 5 years and have my war stories…

      The doctors there, once you get through to them, are very distant, patrician, and paternalistic. They are offended if you suggest any self-diagnoses, even going so far as to bring down the medical book to prove to you how little you know, if only to throw the full latin terms at you while burying the fact that indeed you did have a torn rotator cuff.

      Britain bemoans its lack of success in the Olympics. Their big problem is that much of Britian is still very class conscious, and no where probably as much as as in the NHS and medical fields, but even access to sport facilities is so heavily regulated that the potential tennis prodigy, for an example, will never get to know due to the fact that school grounds are fenced and closed off, and only by having the funds to access the clubs to use courts, will one come forward for notice.

      $0.02 spent….

    • proreason says:

      The death panel makes another decision

    • Petronius says:

      Chase on English NHS doctors : “distant, patrician, and paternalistic … [always eager] to prove to you how little you know….”

      Yes, indeed. Nice to know that famous English snobbery is alive and well in Her Majesty’s NHS. Do you remember some of those classic rants by Detective Inspector Derek Grim (David Haig) in “The Thin Blue Line”?

      Ranting about those …

      … high-and-mighty, excuse-me, snooty-snotty, goody-goody, laudy-daudy, namby-pamby, hoity-toity-woity, know-it-all, public school, stiff-upper-lip, stiff-upper-house-master, prim and proper, Oxford-Cambridge, upper middle class, rule Britannia, sun-dried-tomato-eating, decaffeinated, fruit-flavored, tea-bagged, semi-skimmed cream of Gasforth elite always fannying about….

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ByvE9vxcBw&feature=related

    • untrainable says:

      And after all the fannying about… Everything went decidedly pear shaped… my son.

  8. Liberals Demise says:

    As for the other side of the story, you can still abort the fetus because women have rights.
    Catch-22 ya’ll.

    • JohnMG says:

      I might sign on if I could choose who I’d apply it to retroactively. I’ve got a loooong list already.

  9. Natural Born Citizen says:

    Military Times – For Marines in Afghanistan; be careful where you fart
    http://cc.bingj.com/cache.aspx?q=militarytimes.com%3a+fart&d=27025919314906494&mkt=en-US&setlang=en-US&w=806645e9,2e31785c

    Marine Corps Times is a family newspaper and we only rarely have offensive language in our stories.But this week the word “fart” appears in a story I wrote about the importance of trust between Marines and the Afghan national army soldiers they work with. I didn’t want to write this little blog entry about farts. It’s not even on my beat. But my colleague Dan Lamothe, whose byline you have seen here quite often, shamed me into it.“You owe it to all Marines,” he told me. So here’s the news: audible farting has been banned for some Marines downrange because it offends the Afghans.

    Political correctness run amok!

    • Mae says:

      Wow, Natural Born, I’ve been laughing for 5 minutes at this story plus the comments section attached thereto. As my Dad used to say, “That’s my comment on the world situation,” when such a described event occurred. I’m definitely passing this (pun, intended) on to my Marine pals.

  10. Melly says:

    Jesse Jackson slams Tea Party at MLK event

    WASHINGTON – Jesse Jackson said Thursday that the Tea Party’s tenets are reminiscent of state’s rights philosophies used in decades past to oppose federally mandated integration.

    “The Tea Party is not new,” Jackson said at a luncheon honoring civil rights pioneers on Thursday. “It’s just a new name for an old game.”

    Several speakers urged the public to use the memorial dedication as a starting point for addressing society’s problems. “We haven’t yet reached the promised land that Dr. King spoke of,” said Attorney General Eric Holder, who added that he and President Obama were results of the civil rights movement.

    http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/story/2011-08-25/Jesse-Jackson-slams-Tea-Party-at-MLK-event/50142272/1

    • JohnMG says:

      Obama and Holder are examples of the civil wrongs movement……only slightly distinguishable from a morning bowel movement. That they both should be associated with an event featuring Jesse Jackson, a penultimate race hustler, is poetically appropos. If these three had to survive on merit, their obituaries would have long been enshrined in some yellowed newspaper article from a now obscure news paper, located somewhere below the hog market prices.

  11. BillK says:

    More union madness, from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

    Police have lead on vandalism to Messmer school; protester arrested on battery

    By Breann Schossow and Gitte Laasby

    Milwaukee police have their first lead on who vandalized eight door locks at Messmer Preparatory School just hours before Gov. Scott Walker was scheduled to visit to promote literacy.

    “A review of the video cameras reveal that at about 11:30 p.m. Thursday night, a lone subject arrived at the school in a light colored, compact vehicle and walked up to the school,” Milwaukee police spokeswoman Anne E. Schwartz said in an email Friday afternoon. “Due to the poor, grainy quality of the video, the gender of the suspect cannot be determined.”

    Custodial staff at the school at 3027 N. Fratney replaced locks Friday morning after the previous ones had been filled with metal and glue overnight, said the school’s Development Director Jeffrey Robb.

    “We’re very disappointed,” he said.

    The vandalism of four doors in the front and four in the rear of the building came hours before Gov. Scott Walker was scheduled to visit the school.

    Schwartz said one person was arrested on accusations of battery at the school during a protest outside the school Friday afternoon. At least 100 people flocked to the school to protest Walker, circling the sidewalk, wielding signs and chanting.

    Michael Thomas, president of the local chapter of Service Employees International Union, said he protested Friday to keep the fire under Walker.

    “Our community is hurting,” he said. “We need jobs here.” Thomas said that so far, he hasn’t seen evidence of help for jobs, education and health care.

    “We’re not going to let him go anywhere, especially in our community, without him being protested,” said Jacob Flom of the Milwaukee Students for a Democratic Society.

    Flom said he doesn’t know who’s behind the vandalism, but acts such as that aren’t effective for the protesters’ cause. Instead, he said, a better way to be effective is for people to show up in support of the protest.

    Flom was pleased with the turnout for the protest.

    “People are loud, and showing how angry they are with Scott Walker,” he said. …

    http://www.jsonline.com/news/milwaukee/128464198.html

    Of course what has their beloved Obama done for them? I know, stop laughing.

    Meanwhile the students inside proceeded as normal, with little influence from the idiots outside with of course nothing better to do and the press, who absolutely love covering them.


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