Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Piers Morgan bullies Milwaukee Sheriff who said his citizens should arm themselves

The other day Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke released a PSA advising his citizens to get the proper gun training and arm themselves because, due to layoffs and furlows, calling 911 is no longer the best option. Well of course this caught Piers Morgan’s attention and he had Clarke on his show as well as Milwaukee Mayor and failed recall candidate for WI governor Tom Barrett.

Of course, what ensued was a bully campaign against the Sheriff from Piers Morgan, despite the Sheriff’s reasoning for even making the ad. He told Morgan that due to budget cuts he’s had to layoff 42 officers and the Milwaukee police department is furlowing about 4500 officer hours. In short, they just don’t have the resources. But Morgan accused the Sheriff of creating a ‘wild wild west’ atmosphere with a ‘racy Hollywood ad’ that’s causing citizens to just start firing their weapons over nothing. And when the Sheriff couldn’t supply the personal defense statistics on-demand that Piers Morgan asked for, Morgan accused him of not ‘having a clue’ and it went on from there.

UPDATE: OBAMA BLAMES SPENDING CUTS, HURRICANE – US economy shrinks, 1st time in 3 ½ years

Wow this is some recovery Barack Obama has implemented. Not only have we been dealing with a stagnant economy over the last few years with growth numbers near 1%, but now, just a couple months after Obama’s reelection, we find out the economy is no longer growing at all. It’s shrinking!
But didn’t Colin Powell say last night that the economy is recovering? Ugh, these imbeciles.
YAHOO NEWS – The U.S. economy shrank from October through December for the first time since the recession ended, hurt by the biggest cut in defense spending in 40 years, fewer exports and sluggish growth in company stockpiles. The decline occurred despite faster growth in consumer spending and business investment.
The Commerce Department said Wednesday that the economy contracted at an annual rate of 0.1 percent in the fourth quarter. That’s a sharp slowdown from the 3.1 percent growth rate in the July-September quarter and the first contraction since the second quarter of 2009.
Economists said the surprise decrease in the nation’s gross domestic product wasn’t as bad as it looked. The weakness was primarily the result of one-time factors. Government spending cuts and slower inventory growth subtracted a total of 2.6 percentage points from growth.
UPDATE: Here we go again with the blame game again. This time Obama is blaming a natural disaster an spending cuts. Seriously:
YAHOO NEWS – The White House on Wednesday blamed the devastation from Superstorm Sandy and disruptions from deep scheduled spending cuts for the surprise 0.1 percent drop in gross domestic product (GDP) in the fourth quarter of 2012. It was the first such contraction since early 2009 when the country was in the grips of the Great Recession.
The chairman of President Barack Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers, Alan Krueger, said in a post on the official White House blog that the bad news came “amid signs that Hurricane Sandy disrupted economic activity and Federal defense spending declined precipitously, likely due to uncertainty stemming from the sequester.”
That law will slash some $1.2 trillion in spending over 10 years by targeting domestic and defense programs with across-the-board cuts. Obama and Republicans in Congress have been starkly at odds over how best to replace the sequester with less disruptive debt-battling measures. The president has said spending cuts must be paired with tax revenue increases, something Republicans oppose.

REPORT: Israeli warplanes bombed a military building in Damascus, Syria

It was reported earlier this morning that Israel had bombed a Syrian convoy on the way to Lebanon. It looks like now they are broadening their attack to inside Syria as well to prevent chemical weapons from getting in the wrong hands:
BUSINESS INSIDER – The Associated Press reports that “Syrian state TV has confirmed that Israeli warplanes bombed a military research center northwest of the capital, Damascus.”
Previous reports of the overnight Israeli airstrike stated that the jets targeted a convoy of trucks carrying Russian-made SA-17 anti-aircraft missiles moving near the Lebanon-Syria border.
State TV says the strike targeted a military research center used to advance Syrian military capabilities in the area of Jermana, causing material damage.
“Israeli fighter jets violated our air space at dawn today and carried out a direct strike on a scientific research center in charge of raising our level of resistance and self-defense,” Syrian state news agency SANA said in a statement.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Sen Bob Menendez (D-NJ) Allegedly Under Investigation By FBI For Sex With Underage Prostitutes

Interesting ABC apparently knew this information prior to his re-election in November, but it didn’t come out.

Recall that this is the same Menendez who had an illegal alien intern sex offender whose arrest was delayed by the DHS till after the election as well.

Of course, keeping Democrat Bob Menendez in the Senate would have nothing to do with any of these decisions.
Via Fox News:
The FBI is declining to comment on newly emerged documents that appear to show the agency investigating allegations that Sen. Bob Menendez “received the services of young prostitutes” while in the Dominican Republic — a charge the senator’s office has rejected for months.
His office continued to dismiss the report after dozens of pages of emails were posted online this week, appearing to show the FBI communicating with the individual claiming to know about Menendez’ liaisons. The emails refer to an “investigation,” and said “we have been able to confirm most of” the information provided and “know that you are providing accurate information.”
It’s unclear what “information” that line was referring to. The source’s emails, though, along with recent reports from The Daily Caller, allege that Menendez, D-N.J., during trips to the Dominican Republic with a campaign contributor, saw prostitutes. Two women told the Caller, in a story published in November, that he paid them for sex.
“This is the same unsubstantiated garbage that’s been peddled for months,” a spokeswoman for Menendez told in an email Friday.
FBI spokesman Jason Pack said he could not confirm whether there was an investigation. “DOJ policy prohibits us from confirming the existence or not of an investigation,” he said.
However, Melanie Sloan, executive director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, confirmed to that her organization forwarded information on this issue to the FBI’s Washington office and Justice Department criminal division on July 17, 2012.
Keep reading…

School Daze – Philly Style

The Philadelphia School Board recently announced that machines dispensing condoms at no-charge will be installed in the City’s high schools. The City’s thinking is that with a very high percentage of students being sexually active, they may as well be having safe sex.
If this is the program’s objective, then it has not gone far enough. Having safe sex involves more than a condom. Does it not also demand a safe, secure and sanitary environment? Who can say what dangerous, compromising and filthy conditions, Philly’s youth are exposed to in their quest for Eros.
Therefore, it is essential that the City provide this safe environment by setting aside a suite of rooms in each school building for the express purpose of safe and protected coupling. To ensure sanitary conditions, the City must also provide fresh linen service after each couple finishes and the next arrives.
Still academic achievement must be job one. But how can we expect students to be attentive and alert in class after exhaustive lovemaking? Teenagers are still growing children with high metabolisms. They require a high intake of calories to be at their best. Therefore, the city should also provide each couple with a post-coital room service meal of high carb foods plus an energy drink.
These initiatives will clearly meet the needs of Philly’s sexually active students. But what about the poor lonely hearts? A great number of Philly’s high school students are not sexually engaged and it is reasonable to postulate that, for many of them, this abstinence is not voluntary. These unfortunate youths are part of a long ignored underclass - the “romantically challenged”. These are the multitudes who society stigmatizes as “dweebs”, “dorks”, “geeks”, “nerds” and “losers”. We can only speculate the enormous amount of frustration and psychological damage that these unfortunates suffer by knowing that, just beyond closed doors, their luckier brothers and sisters reveling in coital bliss. The long term effects of this privation are beyond measure.
Earlier, academic achievement was cited to be ultimate aim of our American schools. But perhaps building high self-esteem is the true Holy Grail for today’s educators. As such, the damage to self-esteem that we are inflicting on these sensitive and romantically challenged youths is positively criminal. Are they not entitled to the same levels of gratification as their more gifted, attractive and charming classmates? How can they be denied this basic human right?
Therefore, it is incumbent for the City to provide for those who cannot provide for themselves. It only just that the school district provide Professional Gratification Facilitators (PGFs) to any student who requests it and demonstrates need. However, the City may save taxpayer money and encourage charity by soliciting volunteers among the more fortunate students to lend a helping hand , as it were, to their fellow students in need. Community service is another of vital part of the contemporary education experience.
It’s the right thing to do.

By Joe Siano

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

No Guns for Negroes Documentry Part One and Two

The Aurora, Colorado theater massacre has reignited the debate about gun control in the country. There are many people who believe that gun control would have prevented such an occurrence. We live in a society where people blame access to guns for the violent acts that people who use them commit.

We came across the following documentary while researching information related to the gun control issue. It explores a little-discussed aspect of the gun control debate–Blacks and the history of laws aimed at disarming Blacks.

We invite you to watch this short documentary and share your candid feedback.

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Monday, January 14, 2013

Democratize The Fed

Democratize The Fed
Joe Siano

Critics of the Federal Reserve’s monetary policies complain that they are fundamentally unfair.  When the Fed creates new money, the first people to get their hands on it are the big fat cat bankers and their rich friends.  Those fortunate few are then able to spend the new dollars first.  However, by time this new money reaches Joe and Jane Six-pack, the flood of new currency will have inflated the money supply and raised prices.  Thus Joe and Jane wind up paying more for the same stuff than the fat cats bought for cheap.

The obvious solution is to get the new greenbacks directly to the average guy and gal on the street.  And the way to do that is with an innovative new Treasury Department program.
Modeled after the popular which enables Postal customers to print stamps right at home, from their own computer, will allow average Americans to print legal tender in the comfort of their homes or offices.

Each customer will receive sheaf of official U.S. Currency paper along with the software to print his or her own money.

Of course no one would be able to print as much money as they want on a whim.  That would be crazy.  So how much could the typical American household expect to print?

A good place to start is QE 3.  Fed chairman Bernanke plans to inject about $85 billion into the economy each month with no end date mentioned.  This works out to a smidge on $1 trillion a year in new money.

By using and bypassing the Fed, each U.S. household should be able to print $680 month or about eight grand a year.  But do the Gates, Buffet or even the Streisand households really need another eight large a year?  I don’t think so.

Therefore, let me propose a sharply graduated printing plan whereby the less you earn, the more you print.  Under my proposal, the richest 10% print nothing.  The next richest 10% would get about $800 per year.  That’s about enough for an evening on the town including dinner and theater for two couples.  A nice perk for a busy professionals.

However those on the lowest rung of the earnings ladder can print up to $1,700 a month or over $20K per year.  Of course this would be in addition to any welfare, food stamps, housing subsidies, unemployment, disability, Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid payments that they might be getting.  Therefore the whole $20K is found money, disposable income.   (See chart below)

With an extra $1,700 a month at their fingertips, America’s lowest earners would  easily be able to afford new car payments, a spruced up wardrobe, the latest electronic gizmos, a resort vacation timeshare and one or two Vegas getaways each year.

Talk about stimulus!  Consumption goes through the roof.

Of course the ultimate beauty of it all is that this is a totally self-funded program.   Americans will pay back the government for the software, paper and shipping costs with the money that they print up.  Need we say more?

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Expand the School to Prison Pipeline Conversation to Include Black Girls

Monique W. Morris is a Soros Justice Fellow.

Black females represent the fastest growing segment of the juvenile justice population. Black females also experienced the most dramatic rise in middle school suspension rates in recent years. Six-year old girls have been arrested in Georgia and Florida for having a tantrum in class. A 13-year old girl near Chicago was charged with a felony theft offense after finding her teacher’s glasses and seeking to return them to her, and a Los Angeles high school girl was slammed to the floor of her school and arrested after dropping a piece of cake on the floor.

From these and other incidents in recent years, it has become increasingly clear that punitive disciplinary practices and other criminalizing policies that fuel what we understand as a “school to prison pipeline” impact the girls as well as the boys. However, a deeper look reveals that perhaps the “pipeline” analogy is too linear a framework to capture the education-system pathways to incarceration for black girls.

In discussions with young women who have dropped out of school, or who are attempting to return to school following a period of incarceration, it is becoming clearer that we must think about the multiple ways in which racism and patriarchy marginalize black girls in their learning environments—places that have become hostile learning environments for girls who are too frequently marginalized for acts of “defiance” or for being too “loud” and aggressive in ways that make them nonconforming to society’s gender expectations. For too many black girls, schools are places where they are subject to unwanted sexual harassment, where they are judged and punished for who they are, not necessarily for what they have done, and where their experiences have been overshadowed by a male-dominated discourse on dignity in schools.

In a recent focus group on the subject, a young woman spoke of dropping out of school after she noticed that her teachers were more likely to help the males than the females. She and other young women described scenarios where school faculty would positively intervene when their male counterparts failed to complete assignments or attend class. These teachers seemed determined to “save” the boys; but when girls behaved in similar ways, the young women described how they were met with harsh, exclusionary punishment or no response at all.

To this point a young woman stated, “They don’t care about us.” She lowered her head and stared blankly at the table in front of her, visibly convinced that there were few people who cared about what happened to her or others like her.

Unlike this young woman, I am not convinced that people don’t care. Educators and other stakeholders are typically in this field because they care very deeply for our young people. I believe the problem might be a structural one.

The "pipeline" framework, as I argue in Race, Gender, and the "School to Prison Pipeline": Expanding Our Discussion to Include Black Girls, was largely developed from the conditions and experiences of males. As such, it may limit our ability to see the ways in which black girls are affected by instruments of surveillance (i.e., zero tolerance policies, law enforcement in schools, metal detectors, etc.), and the ways in which advocates, scholars, and community stakeholders may have wrongfully masculinized black girls' experiences, leaving them without a proper understanding or articulation of the relationships between educational and other factors that are associated with their paths toward incarceration.

We cannot focus exclusively on the conditions of males and hope to impact the experiences of females. Instead, we need a robust conversation about how to reduce the criminalization of black females and males in our nation's learning environments. We must infuse our analysis of "school to prison" pathways with the experiences of black girls, such that we can provide for and inform efforts to interrupt the "school to prison" pathways for all youth.

Race, Gender, and the "School to Prison Pipeline": Expanding Our Discussion to Include Black Girls is the first in a series of reports from the author addressing the education-system factors associated with the disproportionate confinement of African American girls.