"An 85-year-old New Jersey woman who spent more than a decade manning a beer stand at Mets games cried foul when her employer, Aramark, booted her from her profitable stand during the last season at Shea Stadium and replaced her with a younger woman....A judge tossed Mildred Block's lawsuit yesterday, however, on the grounds that her replacement – 75-year-old Gloria Smith – indicated the concession company did not discriminate against Block based on her age...Block disagrees. She spent nearly 20 years working the stand near right field, where she says she could earn up to $40 per day. Then Aramark moved her to another stand, where she claims the tips were pittance by comparison"
Sunday, February 28, 2010
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 9:55 PM
"The news from sunny Bali that there is to be an international investigation into the conduct of the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and its chairman Dr Rajendra Pachauri would have made front-page headlines a few weeks back. But while Scotland and North America are still swept by blizzards, in their worst winter for decades, there has been something of a lull in the global warming storm – after three months when the IPCC and Dr Pachauri were themselves battered by almost daily blizzards of new scandals and revelations. And one reason for this lull is that the real message of all the scandals has been lost."
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 9:54 PM
"Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the head of the International Monetary Fund, suggested Friday the organization might one day be called on to provide countries with a global reserve currency that would serve as an alternative to the U.S. dollar....'That day has not yet come, but I think it is intellectually healthy to explore these kinds of ideas now,' he said in a speech on the future mandate of the 186-nation Washington-based lending organization.
Strauss-Kahn said such an asset could be similar to but distinctly different from the IMF's special drawing rights, or SDRs, the accounting unit that countries use to hold funds within the IMF. It is based on a basket of major currencies.
He said having other alternatives to the dollar 'would limit the extent to which the international monetary system as a whole depends on the policies and conditions of a single, albeit dominant, country"
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 9:52 PM
Read Here: Muslim leader implodes on air:
"A Muslim leader who has tried to portray the founder of the Congressional Anti-Terrorism Caucus in Washington as an extremist 'hatemonger' was himself exposed as an extremist on a popular radio program....For years, Jibril Hough has represented himself and his North Carolina mosque as 'moderate,' while putting Rep. Sue Myrick, R-N.C., on the defensive as an anti-Muslim fanatic who 'shoots from the hip' when sounding the alarm about homegrown Islamic terrorism. Myrick, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, co-founded the Capitol Hill caucus after 9/11 to educate Americans about the growing threat from jihadists....But during an in-studio interview Friday with Charlotte radio personality Keith Larson of WBT-AM, Hough was confronted with documents revealing his mosque – the Islamic Center of Charlotte – is owned and controlled by an organization connected to a plot to funnel millions of dollars to Islamic terrorists"
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 9:38 PM
"Social workers have been visiting a Swedish couple whose son was 'abducted' by government agents last year because he was being homeschooled, but that's not necessarily a good sign, and now two major rights organizations are exploring options to reunite the family....The Home School Legal Defense Association and members of the Alliance Defense Fund have been advising Christer and Annie Johansson on the 'state-napping' of their son, Dominic, 7, from an airliner as the family was preparing to move to India last year....'HSLDA and the Alliance Defense Fund are jointly advising the family and exploring all available avenues to help reunite Dominic with his family,' the HSLDA said in a published statement"
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 9:37 PM
"In the lobby of the University of Texas at San Antonio's humanities building, a hand-drawn poster announces, 'Free porn: Just trade in your holy books (Bible, Koran, Vedas) for porn.'
A student group at the university called The Atheist Agenda is reviving its Bibles-for-porn program, called 'Smut for Smut,' for three days beginning March 1, according to a report from San Antonio's KENS-TV....'The idea is that religious texts are so appalling,' said Atheist Agenda group member Brian Talker in a 2006 interview with UTSA student publication The Independent. 'They are so full of genocide, misogyny and ludicrous ideas that far overshadow any banal common-sense platitudes like loving thy neighbor, that you are better off having porn, which isn't nearly as smutty.'"
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 9:35 PM
"An Army probe into allegations of verbal threats involving a base's food supply has revealed that none of the five soldiers detained was involved in any plot to poison food at the base, a congressman said Sunday"
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 9:34 PM
"The House ethics committee on Friday cleared seven lawmakers of improperly or illegally considering campaign contributions when steering earmarks amounting to hundreds of millions of dollars in mostly no-bid contracts to some 40 companies."
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 9:29 PM
"Bipartisan agreement in the Senate on financial reform hit a snag on how much power to give a consumer watchdog office being proposed by Democrats, with marathon talks resuming on Sunday."
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 9:28 PM
Read Here:Pelosi: GOP has had its day; confident Dems can pull together on health bill - TheHill.com: "House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Sunday that Republicans have left their mark on the healthcare bill and should accept that the bill will go forward...'They've had plenty of opportunity to make their voices heard,' she said on CNN's 'State of the Union' Sunday morning. 'Bipartisanship is a two-way street. A bill can be bipartisan without bipartisan votes. Republicans have left their imprint"
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 9:24 PM
Read Here:Orlando Sentinel – The TV Guy:
"CNN’s Fareed Zakaria introduced George Soros as “the billionaire investor, financier, speculator, philanthropist and thinker.”
Zakaria on his “Fareed Zakaria GPS” this morning also noted that Soros was one of Barack Obama’s biggest supporters. Zakaria asked, “Are you satisfied with the job Barack Obama has done?”...Soros said he wasn’t. Soros wanted the banks nationalized, but added that Obama “made the political decision that that is un-American, will not be accepted.”"
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 9:22 PM
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Over the last 14 days my wife and I have had 11 events to attend in the evening (between church, political, civic and other) not including my Birthday celebration this past Saturday. For some of you that’s child play, for other that is 10 to many but when do we spread ourselves to thin in trying to help the world and people around us and in turn help no one? I believe that the best way to be a citizen of this great country is to give of your time and money to causes and people trying to further God’s golden rule (That’s “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” for you heathens. I respect a person I disagree with, who is active in trying to promote their ideas, far more than one I agree with who sits in front of the TV day and night yelling at the screen but never doing anything to help the cause. I think we are best served when we our servant leaders, giving of ourselves to show that our actions bring about lasting change not just our words but sometimes it is overwhelming to know where to begin or where to focus. Famine, War, the economy, illiteracy, hunger, disease, religious persecution, the environment, taxes, opposing political views getting the upper hand (local, state and national politics) are just a few of the things we can get involved with and the more we get involved the more angst we see and want to stop. We must prevent the becoming a person that is “against” things and become a person that is “for” the betterment of our country and world.
The one thing we all should agree on is that no matter what philosophy we aspire too, we all want to make the world a better place; it is the way we go about it that causes us so much anger against each other.
But I digress…. When does the point come in trying to invoke change that you become burnt out and on the verge of cashing it in and eating a bag of Doritos and a cold beer in front of “The Office” worry about what is going on around you? Can one person really make a difference? Do you need to focus on only one thing? Virginia has an election every year for instance and they’re ALL important. Is spending a quarter of your time on 10 things (I know the math doesn’t add up.
For those of you involved in a multitude of differing causes, how do you prevent burn out and meet commitments for everyone? Just curious…
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Open Thread - What are the 5 most important attributes for a candidate to win an election in the United States today (local, state and federal)
Here are a few to get started
- Well Spoken
- Good looking
- Passionate about an issue
- Believes exactly as you do
- Even though you may disagree, the candidate sticks to his guns and ideals
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 12:58 PM
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Husband of accused UAH shooting suspect Amy Bishop mystified over attack, he tells N.Y. Times | Breaking News from The Huntsville Times - al.com
"The husband of University of Alabama Huntsville professor Amy Bishop told The New York Times today that he remains mystified and does not know what triggered Friday's shootings that left three dead and three wounded...Bishop remains jailed on a charge of capital murder and three charges of attempted murder after she allegedly pulled a 9 mm pistol during a departmental meeting late Friday afternoon and opened fire. She later left the weapon in a second-floor restroom and was taken into custody outside the Shelby building on the UAH campus...Her husband, James Anderson, told The Times that both he and Bishop were cleared in a 1993 Massachusetts pipe-bomb investigation reported today by The Boston Globe...He also said that her brother's death in 1986 was an accidental shooting. Braintree, Mass., Police Chief Paul Frazier told a news conference Saturday that Bishop's shooting of her 18-year-old brother was ruled an accident with a shotgun, but the arresting officer recalled the Dec. 6, 1986, event differently."
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 10:08 PM
"As the winter Olympics begin, the Department of Homeland Security has disclosed that it will be monitoring the comments and posts on websites and social media like Twitter for information on possible terror threats. Among the sites listed in a privacy impact statement filed Friday afternoon by DHS are the Drudge Report, the Huffington Post, Twitter, Google and this web site, the Blotter...Police patrol the area outside of the BC Place Stadium which will host the Winter Olympics opening and closing ceremonies, in downtown Vancouver on Feb. 7, 2010. As the winter Olympics kick off Friday the Department of Homeland Security has disclosed that they will be monitoring a variety of social media networks in the event of an emergency as part of their security efforts for the Winter Games....More PhotosThe National Operations Center of DHS will watch the web for information, according to the statement, to 'provide situational awareness' in the event of natural disaster, an 'act of terrorism, or other manmade disaster.'"
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 10:07 PM
Climategate U-turn: Astonishment as scientist at centre of global warming email row admits data not well organised | Mail Online
"The academic at the centre of the ‘Climategate’ affair, whose raw data is crucial to the theory of climate change, has admitted that he has trouble ‘keeping track’ of the information.Colleagues say that the reason Professor Phil Jones has refused Freedom of Information requests is that he may have actually lost the relevant papers. Professor Jones told the BBC yesterday there was truth in the observations of colleagues that he lacked organisational skills, that his office was swamped with piles of paper and that his record keeping is ‘not as good as it should be’."
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 10:06 PM
Saturday, February 13, 2010
"A British airport is entering into the Valentine's spirit by offering private pre-flight searches for those planning to surprise their partners on holiday with an engagement ring...Manchester, which earlier this month became one of two British airports to introduce body scanners, said that in previous years marriage proposals had risked being ruined when security staff revealed hidden engagement rings during routine searches.
Passengers traveling between February 12 and 15 can whisper 'Be my Valentine' to security staff to take advantage of a private search behind a screen, the airport said"
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 6:04 PM
President Obama Signs Law Raising Public Debt Limit from $12.4 Trillion to $14.3 Trillion - Political Punch
"Behind closed doors and with no cameras present, President Obama signed into law Friday afternoon the bill raising the public debt limit from $12.394 trillion to $14.294 trillion...The current national debt is $12.3 trillion. Check out the National Debt Clock, which tells you your share of that -- roughly $40,000 per citizen, $113,000 per taxpayer...The bill also establishes a statutory Pay-As-You-Go procedure requiring that new non-emergency legislation affecting tax revenue or mandatory spending not increase the Federal deficit – in other words, that any new spending or tax cuts be paid for with new taxes or spending cuts"
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 6:02 PM
Read Here: New tax bombshell: 20% VAT - Times Online:
"A rise in VAT is looming whichever party wins the general election, as Labour and the Conservatives draw up plans to balance Britain’s books...Alistair Darling and George Osborne, the Shadow Chancellor, are both considering raising VAT to as high as 20 per cent — the European average — from the current rate of 17.5 per cent, The Times has learnt...Doing so would raise an extra £13 billion a year at a time when financial markets are searching for signs that whoever takes power is serious about tackling Britain’s £178 billion deficit.
Though Labour and the Tories have denied having any current plans to increase VAT, neither will rule it out and The Times understands a rise in the tax is being considered by both parties."
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 6:01 PM
"The Taliban vowed on Thursday to fight back with a 'hit and run' guerrilla campaign against Western and Afghan forces preparing to storm one of their key strongholds in southern Afghanistan...Thousands of US Marines and NATO and Afghan soldiers have massed around the town of Marjah, a Taliban bastion in Helmand province, poised to launch one of the biggest operations against the insurgents since the 2001 US-led invasion."
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 6:00 PM
"The European single currency is facing an 'inevitable break-up' a leading French bank claimed yesterday. Strategists at Paris-based Société Générale said that any bailout of the stricken Greek economy would only provide 'sticking plasters' to cover the deep- seated flaws in the eurozone bloc. The stark warning came as the euro slipped further on the currency markets and dire growth figures raised the prospect of a 'double-dip' recession in the embattled zone."
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 5:59 PM
"With much of his legislative agenda stalled in Congress, President Obama and his team are preparing an array of actions using his executive power to advance energy, environmental, fiscal and other domestic policy priorities....The latest on President Obama, his administration and other news from Washington and around the nation. Join the discussion...Mr. Obama has not given up hope of progress on Capitol Hill, aides said, and has scheduled a session with Republican leaders on health care later this month. But in the aftermath of a special election in Massachusetts that cost Democrats unilateral control of the Senate, the White House is getting ready to act on its own in the face of partisan gridlock heading into the midterm campaign"
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 5:58 PM
"As the winter Olympics begin, the Department of Homeland Security has disclosed that it will be monitoring the comments and posts on websites and social media like Twitter for information on possible terror threats. Among the sites listed in a privacy impact statement filed Friday afternoon by DHS are the Drudge Report, the Huffington Post, Twitter, Google and this web site, the Blotter"
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 5:57 PM
Thursday, February 11, 2010
From Politico: President Barack Obama only leads a generic Republican candidate by 2 percentage points in a potential 2012 match up, according to a new Gallup Poll out Thursday that also shows a continued drift of independents from Democrats...Obama leads 44 percent to 42 percent, a statistical dead heat, against a nameless Republican, according to the survey of 1,025 adults nationwide....Not surprisingly, the poll shows that Democrats strongly believe the president should be reelected, while Republicans would like to see one of their own in the White House
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 3:02 PM