Serendipity SOUL-Tuesday Open Thread

Gnarls Barkley is a musical group collaboration between multi-instrumentalist, DJ and producer Danger Mouse from New York, and rapper/vocalist Cee Lo Green, from Atlanta. Their first album, St. Elsewhere, was released in 2006; along with its first single, “Crazy“, it was a major commercial success, and both album and single have been noted for their large sales by download. The duo released their second album, The Odd Couple, in March 2008.

St. Elsewhere (2006–2007)

Downtown/Atlantic in the U.S. and Warners Bros. Records in the UK signed the band after several songs including “Crazy” were played for them by Danger Mouse‘s management company Waxploitation.[4] “Crazy” was released as their first single on April 3, 2006, preceded by its release as digital download and 12″ vinyl record single in March 2006. It gained some of its popularity due to its use on primetime BBC Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe‘s television advert, and it was also made Record of the Week by Ken Bruce of BBC Radio 2, Scott Mills and Jo Whiley of BBC Radio 1 as well as being made ‘Weekend Anthem’ by DJ Spoony and Sara Cox (also of Radio 1).

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  2. Ametia says:

    Walker & the GOP are pathetic, and they need to go somewhere and sit down and STFU.

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  3. rikyrah says:

    Border Activist Sentenced to Death for Fatal Home Invasion
    A border-control activist was sentenced to death today for orchestrating an Arizona home invasion that left a man and his 9-year-old daughter dead.

    A jury in Pima County, Ariz., deliberated for four hours over two days before deciding that Shawna Forde, 43, should pay the ultimate penalty, the Arizona Daily Star reported. She joins two other women on Arizona’s death row.

    Forde was convicted Feb. 14 of first-degree murder in the May 30, 2009, deaths of Raul “Junior” Flores, 29, and his daughter, Brisenia Flores, 9. She was also found guilty of attempted murder in the shooting of Gina Gonzalez, Flores’ wife and Brisenia’s mother.

    Prosecutors said Forde decided to target the house in Arivaca, Ariz., because she believed Flores was a drug smuggler and would have cash in the house. She wanted money to fund her border protection group, Minutemen American Defense, prosecutors said.

    Two men are also charged in the case and face trial later. If convicted, they too could face the death penalty.

    During the trial, Gonzalez testified that two men and a woman claiming to be law enforcement officers forced their way into her family’s home in the early morning hours. She said one man shot her husband several times and then, when 9-year-old Brisenia begged for her life, he shot the little girl twice. Gonzalez herself was wounded but survived.

    “I miss my husband, I miss my daughter, I miss my family, I miss my life … and that’s all because of a choice she made,” Gonzalez said in a victim-impact statement, according to KVOA, the NBC station in Tucson.

    http://www.aolnews.com/2011/02/22/border-activist-shawna-forde-sentenced-to-death-for-fatal-home-i/?ncid=webmail

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  4. Ametia says:

    Maybe Richard Trumnka will get more than 3 miutes to speak on the union-busitng with Lawrence O. Moaning Joke gave more time to Scott Brown for pushing his book.

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  5. Ametia says:

    OH, OH!

    EXCLUSIVE: NJ’s Top Public Defender Blasts Gov. Christie’s Move to ‘Illegally’ Force Her From Office

    Blistering letter sent by veteran defender Yvonne Segars charges rising GOP star’s ‘bullying tactics’, interference with her duties violates state law and both NJ and U.S. Constitutions…

    — Guest blogged by John Atlas

    Will Chris Christie, New Jersey’s tough Republican Governor and rising GOP star, be the next president of the United States? That prospect is much less likely if the accusations of Yvonne Smith Segars, the head of New Jersey’s Office of the Public Defender, turn out to be accurate.

    In a scathing letter (posted at link below) sent to the Governor on Monday, she charged Christie with having “violated New Jersey law as well as the State and Federal Constitutions,” in his efforts to remove her from her post, and by interfering with the operation of her office. In the letter, Segars threatened to sue him for eroding the constitutional rights of indigent clients. She says he’s actively undermining the work of the state’s public defenders by “obstructing…management decisions and by impeding the filling of constitutionally mandated positions.”

    Segars accused Christie of “bullying tactics” in an effort to remove her from office. The tactics, according to NJ’s chief Public Defender, included “veiled threats”, “pressure to resign”, “interference with agency’s operations” by thwarting approved promotions, and ordering her press officer to report to the Governor, instead of to her.

    Segars adds that she “now fear(s) being physically removed from my office.”

    If the accusations are true, this and other unpopular actions could well serve to help unravel future political ambitions for Christie, who is regarded as a rising star among the “Tea Party” and right-wing base of the Republican party.

    In a blistering email statement, Segars’ attorney charged Christie is “tamper(ing) with the independence of the judiciary and now with the independence of the Public Defender” in what amounts to an “illegal and unconstitutional” “power grab” meriting impeachment by the state legislature…

    FULL STORY: http://www.bradblog.com/?p=8366

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  6. Ametia says:

    Paychecks To Be Withheld From Absent Wisconsin Senators

    Source: WMTV – NBC15 (Madison, WI)

    State senators who miss two or more session days will no longer get paid through direct deposit. They’ll have to pick up their checks in person on the Senate floor during a session.

    The new rule is aimed at forcing the return of 14 Senate Democrats who have been hiding in Illinois since Thursday. They fled the state to stall a vote on an anti-union bill, and have threatened to stay away until Republican Gov. Scott Walker agrees to compromise.

    Read more: http://www.nbc15.com/home/headlines/Paychecks_To_Be_Wit

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  7. Ametia says:

    At a Vermont rally, a tax on the wealthy proposed
    Posted on Tuesday, February 22, 2011 by GottaLaff
    Need some good news? Well, step right up, because there’s a report of a weensy bit of a glimmer of a beginning of an idea by a couple of Vermonters.

    See, there was a rally with Vermont labor leaders and others who were showing their support for Wisconsin, in freezing cold weather. The very thought of such a gathering warms me up, but what do I know? They’re in Vermont, I’m in SoCal.

    But that’s not important now. What is important is that Sen. Anthony Pollina (D/P-Washington) and Rep. Chris Pearson (P-Burlington) came up with a splendid idea:

    They both talked about implementing an income tax surcharge on Vermonters in the state’s two uppermost brackets. Many of those people will see lower taxes — totalling about $180 million — thanks to the extension of the tax cuts that were first put in place by Pres. George W. Bush and were recently extended by Pres. Barack Obama.

    The surcharge would raise about $17 million, said Pearson.

    The amount would amount to an increase of only eight-tenths of a percent for the top bracket and two-tenths of a percent for the next highest bracket.

    A state can dream, can’t it?

    D.C., take notes.

    http://thepoliticalcarnival.net/

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  8. Ametia says:

    LOL Chris Matthewa ia still plugging that doc on Bubba Clinton. If you missed it last night, you can see it on line commercial free!

    NAW, son; we don’t want to see the documentary, ok!

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  9. Ametia says:

    Broken promises: Newark school plan kept many in the dark

    Joan Whitlow/For The Star-Ledger

    For months, Newark parents, teachers and students have been attending meetings and filling out survey forms because they were told that education reform was coming to Newark and widespread community participation is essential for making educational change work.Widespread community participation will decide how Newark spends the $100 million Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has pledged to improve education in the city. That’s what Mayor Cory Booker promised.

    Community input would help decide who the new superintendent of Newark’s schools will be. That’s what Newarkers were told.

    Now, however, we learn that school district and the state, which runs the Newark schools, has been working on a plan that involves a massive rearrangement of schools and students. It has come to fruition in secret without anyone asking or informing principals, teachers, parents,students or even Newark’s elected school advisory board about the when, how and why of it all.

    I obtained a copy of “Newark Public Schools: School placement decision support analysis, Feb. 8, 2011,” last week. “Strictly Confidential Draft Work Product,” is stamped on almost every page. It was authored by Global Education Advisors, the group that did a recent survey of the Newark school system, paid for with foundation money raised by Booker. (Sepia’s Note: Booker wasted $1M for this survey because the results were “inconclusive”) This relocation plan was also paid for with private donations.

    The funding method saves public dollars, but also allows important public policy to be shaped without the light of full public disclosure, every step of the way. Philanthropic funding also comes with the risk
    that the result will be shaped to the desires of those paying the bills.

    The plan is a proposal to close some Newark schools, consolidate what’s left and reroute hundreds of students hither and yon in the process. Five new public schools will be relocated to the vacated spaces in Phase I. Phase II, which officials insist is still just a proposal, would locate charter schools — old and new ones — to vacated buildings and classrooms spaces.

    The shuffle will be done in the name of expanding school choice and improving education. If that’s the goal, something important is missing: a plan for improving education in the programs that get squeezed together to make room for the new. The document includes questions, but offers no answers, about paying for renovations to provide the high-tech workspaces some of the new programs will need. Nothing is said as to whether the charters, if they do move in, will pay rent.

    Nor is there anything that says if or how every child in Newark will be guaranteed equal access to the bright new programs. All that has to be worked out — yet Phase I is already under way.

    On Friday, late in the afternoon and without much advance notice, the principals of the schools affected by Phase I were summoned to a meeting at Newark district headquarters and got the news that the relocations affecting their schools were to be implemented by September. Confidential draft had morphed into done deal.

    The principals were told Phase I would first be made public today at the Newark Advisory School Board meeting. The president of the board, Shavar Jeffries, said he found that out on Sunday.

    Jeffries said there has been talk about consolidations for sometime during the tenure of Dr. Clifford B. Janey, the Newark superintendent who left the district earlier this month. Janey was told last year that his contract would not be renewed.

    Nothing had been said publicly about the extent of the changes or moving ahead by September. Jeffries said the board should have been told of the details and the implementation schedule before any such plan was presented to the principals as an order they had to carry out.

    Marion Bolden was Newark’s superintendent before Janey. She said the reorganization being talked about now is so huge that it will be logistically difficult to get it done, and done right, by September.

    PLEASE READ MORE: http://blog.nj.com/njv_joan_wh

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  10. Conflict Brewing In Idaho

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/02/22/indiana-democrats-budget-protests_n_826641.html

    The Spokesman-Review reports: “The House has voted 55-14 in favor of SB 1006, to ban project labor agreements in public works construction contracts, a measure strongly opposed by union workers; the Senate-passed bill now moves to the governor’s desk.”

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  11. Ametia says:

    Posted at 12:10 PM ET, 02/22/2011
    Reid pushes for stop-gap plan to keep government funded at current level
    By Felicia Sonmez
    Updated: 4:10 p.m.

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) announced on Tuesday that he will introduce a measure next week to keep the federal government running for 30 days at current funding levels.

    The move sets the stage for a showdown with House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), who late last week announced that House Republicans will oppose any short-term funding measure that does not include additional budget cuts.

    “To avoid a shutdown and give us time to negotiate a responsible path forward, I have asked Sen. [Daniel] Inouye, Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, to prepare a clean Continuing Resolution that I can bring to the floor next week,” Reid said in a statement Tuesday. “Since this bill is intended to fund vital services like Social Security, our military and border security, it should have no legislation or riders tied to it. This bill will include the $41 billion in budget cuts that Democrats and Republicans agreed to in December, and will keep the government running for 30 days while both sides can negotiate a common-sense, long-term solution.”

    The $41 billion in cuts mentioned by Reid is based on President Obama’s proposed 2011 budget, which was never enacted. The short-term resolution would actually keep the government funded at current levels.

    The measure currently funding the federal government is set to expire March 4. The House early Saturday morning passed its version of a longer-term funding measure that would cut more than $61 billion across federal agencies over the next seven months. But Senate Democrats are opposed to those cuts, which they argue are too deep, and both chambers are likely to need several more weeks to hash out a compromise.

    That means that both chambers must agree to a stop-gap measure to keep the government funded, likely for several weeks, or else a government shutdown will ensue.

    Boehner said in a statement Tuesday that if Reid does not bring the House-passed legislation up for a vote, “then the House will pass a short-term bill to keep the government running — one that also cuts spending.”

    “Senate Democratic leaders are insisting on a status quo that has left us with a mountain of debt and a stalled economy with unemployment near 10 percent,” Boehner said. “That is not a credible position. Republicans’ goal is to cut spending and reduce the size of government, not to shut it down. Senator Reid and the Democrats who run Washington should stop creating more uncertainty by spreading fears of a government shutdown and start telling the American people what — if anything — they are willing to cut.”

    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) also criticized Reid’s announcement in a statement, arguing that “keeping bloated spending levels in place and, predictably, proposing even more tax increases, is simply unacceptable.”

    On a conference call with reporters Tuesday afternoon, Reid and Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) declined to say whether Senate Democrats would agree to a stop-gap measure that would cut funding below current levels. Schumer said that Reid had “offered an olive branch to House Republicans, and they flatly rejected it.”

    While congressional leaders from both parties insist that their goal is not to shutter the federal government, both Democrats and Republicans have been accusing each other of rooting for a shutdown.

    “Speaker Boehner is a smart, reasonable man, and I have a great deal of personal respect for him,” Schumer said. “He remembers what happened in 1995 when Newt Gingrich pursued a similar policy and forced a shutdown. I take Speaker Boehner at his word that he doesn’t want to repeat that mistake, but he is under intense pressure from the right wing, both outside Washington and inside his caucus. And he’s being misled and pushed around by his conservative freshmen who don’t remember what happened in 1995 and not only don’t fear a government shutdown, but they actually say they welcome one.”

    House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) reiterated in a statement earlier Tuesday that Republicans don’t want a shutdown.

    “As I said this morning, a government shutdown is not an acceptable outcome, and I again call upon Leader Reid to commit take that threat off the table and find areas to actually cut spending from the levels we are currently operating at,” Cantor said. He added that Reid’s “smoke-in-mirrors version of spending cuts doesn’t pass the smell test and it won’t get us any closer to living within our means just like every business and family throughout the country is doing.”

    http://voices.washingtonpost.com/44/2011/02/harry-reid-to-introduce-stop-g.html?wpisrc=nl_pmpolitics

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  12. Ametia says:

    Fresh violence rages in Libya

    Protesters say security forces using warplanes and live fire ‘massacred’ them, as UN warns of possible ‘war crimes’.
    Last Modified: 22 Feb 2011 12:13 GMT

    Libyan forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi are waging a bloody operation to keep him in power, with residents reporting gunfire in parts of the capital Tripoli and other cities, while other citizens, including the country’s former ambassador to India, are saying that warplanes were used to “bomb” protesters.

    Nearly 300 people are reported to have been killed in continuing violence in the capital and across the North African country as demonstrations enter their second week.

    Navi Pillay, the UN high commissioner for human rights, has warned that the widespread attacks against civilians “amount to crimes against humanity”, and called for an international investigation in possible human rights violations.

    LIVE BLOG

    Witnesses in Tripoli told Al Jazeera that fighter jets had bombed portions of the city in fresh attacks on Monday night. The bombing focused on ammunition depots and control centres around the capital

    http://english.aljazeera.net/news/africa/2011/02/201122261251456133.html?om_rid=DRaeQf&om_mid=_BNZBcnB8ZSR0Yx

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  13. Indiana Dems Flee State To Avoid Vote On Anti-Union Bill

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/02/22/wisconsin-budget-battle-c_n_826478.html

    Indiana Democrats have begun leaving the state rather than face a vote on anti-union legislation, the Indianapolis Star reports, taking a page out of the book of their Wisconsin brethren.

    A source said Democrats are headed to Illinois, though it was possible some also might go to Kentucky. They need to go to a state with a Democratic governor to avoid being taken into police custody and returned to Indiana…

    Asked at what point he would call in the Indiana State Police to attempt to round up the Democrats, [House Speaker Brian] Bosma said: “We’ll see how the day goes.”

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  14. Ametia says:

    — Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi said he won’t step down and wants to die as a martyr in his country.

    Watch live coverage now on http://CNN.com/Live

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  15. Fox News Reporter Heckled By Wisconsin Protesters Chanting ‘Tell The Truth’ (VIDEO)

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/02/22/fox-news-wisconsin-tell-the-truth-heckled_n_826417.html

    A Fox News reporter was heckled by a crowd of Wisconsin protesters who chanted, “tell the truth!” during his entire report on Monday.

    It was the second time that a Fox reporter received a less-than-friendly welcome from the protesters, who are fighting the Republican governor’s attempt to end collective bargaining for Wisconsin’s public sector workers. On Saturday, Fox Business reporter Jeff Flock was nearly drowned out by chants of “Fox lies.” This time, it was Fox News reporter Mike Tobin who received the brunt of the crowd’s animus towards the channel.

    “Shep, you’re going to have to listen above the hecklers as I answer your question,” he told anchor Shepard Smith. The chants persisted through Tobin’s entire exchange with Smith. When he finished his report, Smith said, “Mike Tobin, with not a lie in the bunch,” a reference to the earlier incident.

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  16. Ametia says:

    Live from Cleveland: Winning the Future Forum on Small Business
    Today, President Obama is travelling to Cleveland, Ohio for the Winning the Future Forum on Small Business. You can watch portions of the event throughout the day at WhiteHouse.gov/live.
    Here’s the lineup:
    11:35 a.m. EST: President Obama’s opening remarks
    1:00 p.m. EST: Live discussion with Austan Goolsbee, Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, responding to your questions and comments submitted via Advise the Advisor
    1:55 p.m. EST: President Obama’s closing remarks
    Watch live.

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  17. Ametia says:

    Christchurch quake: Fears toll will rise sharply as night falls
    12:13 AM Wednesday Feb 23, 2011

    At least 100 people remain trapped in the ruins of Christchurch tonight following a devastating earthquake which claimed at least 65 lives.

    Construction workers and search and rescue specialists are toiling under floodlights on a cold and wet night to dig out survivors and the dead from buildings flattened by the earthquake that ripped the city apart today.

    Prime Minister John Key announced tonight that “at least 65 people have lost their lives” and noted the rescuers were still scrabbling through the ruins of collapsed buildings looking for injured and trapped survivors – and bodies.

    Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker tonight said more than 100 people were trapped in about six sites – but it was possible more were trapped in individual houses.

    TV3 has had unconfirmed reports that the death toll could reach between 200 and 300.

    The Government is holding a press conference at 5.30am this morning where more details will be revealed.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10708102

    Prayers to the people of New Zealand

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  18. Ametia says:

    Voting Today: Rahm Emanuel Ahead in Chicago Mayor’s Race
    After Settling Residency, Former Obama Chief of Staff Has Surged in Windy City
    On a last-minute swing through Chicago neighborhoods, mayoral front-runner Rahm Emanuel ran smack into supporters of his rival, former senator Carol Moseley Braun.

    As he entered Chicago’s Chicken and Waffles on the city’s south side, Emanuel was greeted with shouts of “Carol, Carol, Carol…”

    But some of Braun’s prominent supporters, including Rev. Jesse Jackson and U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush, shook hands with the former White House chief of staff as he sat down to eat.

    Even Braun’s most ardent backers know she is unlikely to survive today’s mayoral election. The latest polls show Emanuel far out in front, trailed by longtime city official Gery Chico. If no candidate wins a majority, the top two vote-getters square off in a runoff election April 5.

    http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/rahm-emanuel-big-lead-heading-election-day-chicago/story?id=12965142

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  19. Ametia says:

    Wisconsin G.O.P. Plans to Work Without Democrats- ****Sounds familiar. PBO’s been working without the GOP since he took office 1-20-09

    By A. G. SULZBERGER
    Published: February 21, 2011

    MADISON, Wis. — With the Capitol braced for another week of protests and deadlock over a budget bill that would severely restrict public employees’ unions here, the top Republican in the State Senate announced that the body would resume consideration of other matters.

    The move seemed intended to increase the discomfort of the Democratic state senators who have fled the state as a way of preventing a vote on the union legislation. Starting Tuesday, those senators, who are in Illinois, will have to watch from afar as Republicans continue the work of governing without them, taking up matters from the mundane to the controversial.

    “By not being here, they’re basically deciding to let things go through the body unchecked,” said Scott Fitzgerald, the Senate majority leader. “They’re not here to represent their constituents. We’re here to work.”

    The issues scheduled for consideration in the Senate on Tuesday were routine: an appointment by the governor, tax breaks for dairy farmers and a resolution commending the Green Bay Packers for their Super Bowl victory. But Mr. Fitzgerald said more significant legislation could also be in play, including a bill requiring voter identification that Democrats strongly oppose.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/22/us/22wisconsin.html?partner=rss&emc=rss

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  20. Ametia says:

    Malcolm X Daughter Accused of TheftPublished: February 21, 2011

    One of Malcolm X’s daughters is being held in North Carolina on an arrest warrant from Queens, stemming from an accusation that she stole from the widow of one of her father’s bodyguards, the authorities said Monday.

    The daughter, Malikah Shabazz, was arrested Friday night in Mars Hill, N.C., and faces an extradition hearing on Tuesday.

    Sheriff’s deputies in North Carolina were investigating a call that a child at her home was not attending school, Ms. Shabazz’s lawyer, Sean Devereux, told The Associated Press. Mr. Devereux said that Ms. Shabazz’s daughter was being home-schooled, The A.P. reported. But when deputies discovered Ms. Shabazz’s warrant, which was from 2009, they arrested her.

    The warrant included charges of grand larceny and identity theft. A law enforcement official said Ms. Shabazz was accused of stealing the identity of a family friend, the widow of one of Malcolm X’s bodyguards, and taking about $30,000 to pay bills and other personal expenses.

    Ms. Shabazz, 45, was born a few months after her father was assassinated in Harlem on Feb. 21, 1965, by other members of the Nation of Islam. She is involved in a dispute with her sisters over the estate left by their mother, Betty Shabazz, who died in 1997 in a fire set by one of her grandsons.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/22/nyregion/22shabazz.html?_r=1&ref=todayspaper

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  21. Ametia says:

    Breaking News

    Four U.S. citizens on a yacht hijacked by Somali pirates last week are dead, a U.S. defense official says.

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  22. Ametia says:

    so checking in with the lamesstream cable networks this morning, and Joey Scar has Trumka on for less than 5 minutes to discuss unions and the WI uprising, and he had
    ScottBrownthe nextwhitegreathope on for a full half hour or more to discuss his book.

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  23. Ametia says:

    Dannie, I see the POTUS is coming to Ohio today.

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    • Ametia says:

      Obama to push innovation at Ohio small businesses
      Tue Feb 22, 3:14 am ET
      WASHINGTON – Last week it was Silicon Valley. This week, President Barack Obama is putting the spotlight on the small businesses of America’s heartland.

      The president and a team from his Cabinet are scheduled to attend a forum Tuesday at Cleveland State University with more than a hundred small business leaders from Northeast Ohio.

      White House officials say the forum’s goal is to brainstorm with small business leaders about how to boost economic growth through fostering entrepreneurship, expanding exports and advancing clean energy technology. The forum also will look at whether small businesses have access to the capital and capable workers that they need to grow.

      “The experience of a small business can really give you insight into how we can continue to focus and refine our activities,” Small Business Administrator Karen Mills said.

      Mills is expected to announce that the administration will hold round-table sessions with small business owners across the country, seeking suggestions on how to reduce obstacles and streamline regulations to encourage innovation. The sessions are planned for Atlanta, Boston, Pittsburgh, Minneapolis and Silicon Valley as well as Austin, Texas; Durham, N.C., and Boulder, Colo.

      http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110222/ap_on_re_us/us_obama_2

      We’ll post pics and video when available.

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    • dannie22 says:

      Yes he’s here now.

      Hello everyone. Hope all is well.

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  24. Ametia says:

    Poll: Whites without college degrees especially pessimistic about economy
    By Jon Cohen and Dan Balz
    Washington Post Staff Writers
    Tuesday, February 22, 2011; 12:32 AM

    The deep recession has had a profound effect on virtually every segment of the country’s population. But if there is an epicenter of financial stress and frustration, it is among whites without college degrees.

    By many measures, this politically sensitive group has emerged from the recession with a particularly dark view of the economy and the financial future. Whites without college degrees also are the most apt to blame Washington for the problems, and are exceedingly harsh in their judgment of the Obama administration and its economic policies.

    These findings come from a new national survey conducted by The Washington Post, the Kaiser Family Foundation and Harvard University. The numbers represent a fresh look at the effects of the long recession on all Americans, but particularly “non-college whites,” a group of long-fought-over voters often considered a bellwether of the political ramifications of economic woes.

    A mere 10 percent of whites without college degrees say they are satisfied with the nation’s current economic situation. Most – 56 percent – say the country’s best days are in the past, and more, 61 percent, say it will be a long time before the economy begins to recover.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/02/22/AR2011022200005.html?wpisrc=nl_politics

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  25. Ametia says:

    Starving Wisconsin’s unions
    By Eugene Robinson
    Monday, February 21, 2011; 8:00 PM

    Let’s be clear: The high-stakes standoff in Wisconsin has nothing to do with balancing the state’s budget.

    It is about money, though – but only in the sense that money translates into political power. At this point, it’s clear for all to see that Gov. Scott Walker’s true aim is to bust the public employee unions, thus permanently reshaping the political landscape in the Republican Party’s favor.

    Democratic state senators who fled the state to forestall Walker’s coup have no choice but to remain on the lam. Protesters who support union rights have no choice but to keep their vigil at the capitol in Madison. This is a big deal.

    At issue is the attempt by Walker and the Republican majority in the Legislature to strip public workers of their rights to collective bargaining. Under the legislation – which fugitive Democrats have managed to stymie by denying the state Senate a quorum – public employee unions would have no ability to bargain over benefits and pensions. The unions would be able to bargain over salaries but could not secure raises greater than the increase in the cost of living.

    Walker is right about one thing: When it comes to pensions and benefits, public workers in Wisconsin have a sweet deal. Most of them put less than 1 percent of their pay into their pensions; Walker’s bill would require contributions of at least 5.8 percent. And most pay only about 6 percent of the cost of their health insurance premiums, a figure that Walker wants to raise to at least 12.6 percent.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/02/21/AR2011022103778.html?wpisrc=nl_opinions

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  26. Ametia says:

    Good Morning, Everybody! :-)

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