Friday, August 29, 2014

Mt. Greenwood School

I want to commend the two moms who were in front of the school last Sunday evening, planting flowers, weeding and trimming bushes.  We need more people like you. 

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Police question ‘person of interest’ in shooting of 3-year-old West Side boy - Chicago Sun-Times

A 3 year shot? Does this bother you? Where is the national media now?

Police question ‘person of interest’ in shooting of 3-year-old West Side boy - Chicago Sun-Times

IS needs more analysis.

Islamic State: Biggest threat to United States?

U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel (L) speaks next to Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey during a press briefing at the Pentagon in Washington, August 21Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel (L) and General Martin Dempsey did not hold back when describing IS
US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel has used a remarkable set of words to describe the militants of Islamic State (IS).
He warned of their "apocalyptic, end-of-days strategic vision", argued that they pose "an imminent threat to every interest we have, whether it's in Iraq or anywhere else", and depicted them as "beyond anything that we've seen". Is this reckless threat inflation, or is Mr Hagel correct?
The US has faced a variety of effective militant groups in the past, a number of which have successfully targeted American interests.
The most significant of these has been al-Qaeda, which bombed three US embassies in 1998, a US warship in 2000, and attacked New York and Washington with hijacked aircraft in 2001. Over the past decade, al-Qaeda's regional allies have killed numerous other Americans, mostly in war zones. One such ally, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, has successfully placed bombs on US-bound aircraft, forcing heightened airport security as recently as July 2013.
Pro-Bin Laden demonstration in Karachi, Pakistan (file photo)IS has sought to sideline al-Qaeda, declaring itself the standard bearer of global jihad
By contrast, IS has never come close to attacking the US homeland and has only claimed one American life, journalist James Foley. A Frenchman who fought with IS did succeed in killing four people at Brussels' Jewish Museum in May. But, as my RUSI colleague Raffaello Pantucciobserves, there is no evidence that this, or four other disrupted plots, were directed by IS.
The potential return of thousands of European citizens from IS ranks does pose a serious challenge to European intelligence agencies and police forces, even if only a tiny proportion of those returnees are inclined to and capable of conducting attacks.
But this is not a new problem. As early as November 2013, terrorism expert Thomas Hegghammer pointed out that were witnessing "the largest European Muslim foreign fighter contingent to any conflict in modern history".
Pakistani demonstrators burn an American flag during a protest against a US drone strike - 12 June 2014Anti-American sentiment within IS is likely to have risen after US strikes began
Unless Mr Hagel has secret intelligence to the contrary, it therefore seems wildly implausible that IS presents, as he put it, an "imminent threat to every interest… anywhere".
Even within Iraq, the threat to US forces in Irbil and Baghdad is modest. Mr Hagel's use of the word "imminent" was probably intended to establish a legal rationale for forthcoming US military strikes, and address US domestic concern over Mr Foley's murder.
On the other hand, it should be recognized that IS is one of the most powerful jihadist movements in modern history. The group possesses an estimated 10,000-17,000 fighters, including an estimated 2,000 Europeans, and billions of dollars, according to the French foreign minister.
James Foley in Aleppo, Syria in 2012The killing of US journalist James Foley shocked America
They control 35,000 square miles of territory across two countries, on which they operate advanced US military equipment seized from the Iraqi army. In places, they enjoy the support of former Iraqi officers once loyal to Saddam Hussein and some Sunni tribes.
IS should therefore be understood not merely as a terrorist group, but as a hybrid revolutionary movement with nation-building aspirations and conventional armed forces. This makes them vulnerable - they have more material infrastructure and capabilities to target than, say, al-Qaeda - but also more resilient.
In this sense, it is reasonable for Mr Hagel to depict IS as unprecedented. Other fundamentalist groups that controlled states, such as the Taliban in Afghanistan, have been relatively parochial movements far less extreme in their methods and objectives.
Isis fighters in Anbar province (file photo)IS is in many ways a cross between a state and a military and ideological group
The US has faced far more powerful state adversaries. The Soviet Union, for instance, killed many more people under its control than IS has done and could have inflicted far greater damage on the US had it chosen to do so. But Moscow could be deterred, whereas the "apocalyptic" ideology of IS is perceived as incapable of long-term coexistence or compromise.
Very few groups have combined this territorial control, state-like structure, and avowed intention to attack the West. Mr Hagel, despite his hyperbole, has a point.

Saturday, August 23, 2014



Don't you think ILLINOIS needS term limits - across the board.

SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Supreme Court refused to take up an appeal of a lower court's ruling that prohibits a vote on term limits from appearing on the November ballot.
The Supreme Court issued the order Friday afternoon shortly after the Illinois State Board of Elections certified the Nov. 4 ballot.
A circuit court judge found the measure violated a provision of the constitution that requires changes to the legislature be both "structural and procedural." An appellate court affirmed that decision earlier this week.
In response, Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner issued a press release saying: “Pat Quinn, and the Springfield career politicians won today, and the people of Illinois lost. But the people will have the final say. A pro-term limits General Assembly pushed by a pro-term limits Governor can put this critical reform in place any day they want. Illinoisans should have that in mind when they vote this November.”

A Legal Defense Fund has been established.

PLEASE DONATE TO THE LEGAL FUND for Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson in the justifiable fatal shooting of Felon Michael Brown who attacked Wilson

Good afternoon,

My name is John Northen, a retired Chicago Police Sergeant 

I posted donation info on two unsanctioned police blog sites, the links follow:

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While anyone can post on SCC, anonymously or otherwise, you must be registered to post on THEE (NYPD) RANT.

Please read posts concerning legal fund for Off. Wilson, a member of Lodge 15.

Please advise if there is any way I can assist aside from my $100 contribution

Friday, August 22, 2014

Karen Lewis for Mayor, the straightest road to Detroit.


Screen Shot 2014-08-20 at 2.39.47 PMBrandon Johnson says making government smaller is a racist concept
CHICAGO - The conservative principle of making government smaller is a racist concept that targets black families, according to Karen Lewis' trusted advisor and campaign committee treasurer Brandon Johnson.
"When you talk about making government smaller, that is code ... for eliminating black people from jobs," Johnson, from the Chicago Teacher Union's Black Caucus, said at a meeting of teachers in April 2013.
How would that be? Because black people have risen to economic success due to public sector jobs, Johnson said.
"When we look at the overall scope of how the economic base within black communities have survived, it’s been public sector workers, public sector jobs that have made the middle class, and frankly upper middle class jobs possible for black families," Johnson said.
"This move to eliminate this entire class of people is not just an issue for the people who are impacted, but also for the world around us." 
The 9:19 minute video is below:

Thursday, August 21, 2014

So well put

Chronology of Brown's Attack on Officer Wilson:
1. Brown and accomplice rob store and batter store clerk.
2. Officer Wilson attempts to stop Brown on street for interview.
3. Brown attacks officer, tries to wrestle away his gun, and strikes him in the face, breaking officer's eye socket.
4. Officer's vision is impaired by injuries caused by Brown. Blood and sweat in eyes further limit vision.
5. 300 pound Brown continues to attack visually impaired officer.
6. Officer, fearing death or great bodily harm, uses only means available (his gun) to defend himself.
7. Most of the shots aimed at Brown strike Brown in the arm due to officer's visual impairment caused by Brown's attack.
8. Attacker Brown finally neutralized. Officer Wilson survives attack.

The practice of medicine without a license.

Experienced clean up boy

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Kansas City man is now front and center in the controversial shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. Shawn Parcells owns a company that provides autopsy services, and some in the forensic community are taking issue with his involvement in this or any other case.
Parcells owns National Forensic Autopsy and Recovery Services. He says lawyers for the family of Michael Brown contacted him because of his expertise in gunshot wounds.
“I am a forensic pathologist assistant and medical investigator,” Parcells told FOX 4’s Shannon O’Brien.
However, that’s something of a dubious title according to forensic pathologist Dr. Erik Mitchell.
“That is a degree that does not exist in my knowledge, except in the mind of Shawn Parcells,” Dr. Mitchell said.
Dr. Mitchell takes issue with Parcells’ title.
“You cannot claim the title, because it is a formal, licensable position. You can assist somebody; in this way I can say, for instance, I have paid my taxes, so I am an assistant President of the United States,” Dr. Mitchell said.
Parcells admits he has no certification as a pathology assistant, but says his qualification comes from experience.
“I worked there as a forensic assistant for about a year. And if I remember correctly that was 2005 to 2006. That was under Dr. Young,” Parcells said.
That’s Dr. Thomas Young, the former Jackson County Medical Examiner.
“And that’s honestly where I gained a lot of my experience,” Parcells said.
Parcells says his training began in 1997 when he interned with Dr. Young, until he was hired in the mid-2000’s.
Dr. Young responded with this statement:
“Shawn hung out at the Jackson County Medical Examiner’s office but was not trained by me.”…. “He has been representing himself in a way that is not appropriate by giving forensic pathology opinions when he is not qualified to do so.”
“He has none of the qualifications that are required. He has experience as a morgue technician, somebody who would move bodies around, clean up after an autopsy,” Dr. Mitchell said.
Parcells says he has detractors because of a competitive system.
“A lot of this was started because I have competitors who I was taking business from. And the coroners, also, is a very political system. It’s buddy-buddy, who’s your buddy?” Parcells said.
Dr. Mitchell doesn’t agree.
“Jealousy has nothing to do with the issue with Parcells. Parcells is practicing medicine without a license,” he said.
Parcells says he and Dr. Baden are offering their services for free to the Brown family. Only their travel and related expenses are being paid for.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The media is so full of crap.


As Rebel Pundit notes, while the protests in Ferguson, MO, dominate the headlines after a police officer shot and killed Mike Brown, the violence rages on in Chicago. Over the weekend there were 31 people shot and 7 killed.
Chicago-30-Day-Murder-Trend-August-18-750x400, a website that maintains a running tally of the shootings and murders in Chicago also reports the homicide total for 2014, which is 259 so far, with a total of 1,360 shot and wounded.

Ed Kelly Interview…….Nice

Edmund Kelly was born Aug. 19, 1924, and is one of the dwindling band of politicians from the Democratic machine era.
He talks about everything from his beginnings at Seward Park, his friendship with Mayor Richard J. Daley, his relationship with Harold Washington and why he feels so sorry for Rahm Emanuel. He became acting superintendent of the Chicago Park District in 1972. When Washington fired him 14 years later, he said, “I don’t get mad; I get even.” Here, in a sense, he does: 
Seward Park. That’s where I was born and raised. My dad was a salesman with Pabst. My mother was a housekeeper. I grew up at the park. Things were very tough. Very tough people. The Depression was ’30, ’32, ’33. The family had no money. I said to my brother once, “How come we moved so much?” He said, “Because we didn’t have the money to pay the rent.”
He went to St. Phillip’s High School, where he was a guard on the basketball team and won All-City honors.
My life was going to school and coming back and living in the park. I was in that park seven days a week.
[We played] everything. Softball. Football. Every sport. Tumbling. Pingpong. Checkers. Then I’d go across the street and learn how to play dice. Not a choir boy at all. Down there it was survival of the fittest. 
World War II found him a machine gunner in the Pacific.
When the war broke out, I just turned 17. I didn’t finish high school until 1942. I joined the Marine Corps. I was the aerial gunner in a Helldiver. 
Having survived the war in the Marshall Islands, he almost didn’t survive the peace because of a show of force delivered to the Chinese. 
We thought we would be coming home like everybody else. Instead we got sent to Shanghai, assigned because the Nationalists were fighting  the Communists. We didn’t lose anybody in our squadron in the Pacific, but some general had the idea we were going to show the Red Chinese we had air strength. They had all the planes go over and circle the city; we were the last ones in. We were diving on the city, and unfortunately we got caught in an unbelievable snowstorm in the all mountains. We couldn’t operate the radar and were running low on fuel, trying to get back. We lost six of our planes out of 12. We could hear the planes hitting the mountains, the crashes: boom. boom.
After the war, Kelly attended DePaul, played some professional basketball for the Oshkosh All-Stars, then did what people did back then — went to see his clout about a job.
George Wells was the committeeman here. My aunt and uncle stood up for his wedding. I didn’t know him. George was the one I went over to see. He called and got me sponsored for a job. When I became committeeman, that’s who I replaced.
He worked his way up the ladder in the park district, along the way influencing the lives of thousands of kids, including many who would become famous, from Gene Siskel to Harold Ramis to Wes Pavalon, one of the original owners of the Milwaukee Bucks. 
Wes Pavalon wanted me to be the general manager of the Bucks. Wes bought us a home up there, so that we could come there. I didn’t tell anybody at the parks that we were going to go to Milwaukee. I got a call — I was superintendent at Lincoln Park — the mayor’s office called. He got me on the phone and said, “I want you to come down, I want to see you.” I thought, “What the hell does Mayor Daley want to see me about?”
I go down to see the mayor, four o’clock in the afternoon. He says he wants me to run for ward committeeman, and I say, “Oh, Mr. Mayor, I’m not really interested in politics, I want to run sports, coaching and that.” After two hours with old blue eyes I come home and my wife says “What did the mayor want?” and I say he wants me to run for ward committeeman because George Wells has cancer. My wife says, “You’re going run for committeeman?  Well what does that pay?” I says, “It doesn’t pay.” She says, “What do you mean it doesn’t pay?”
I didn’t want to leave the parks. I really didn’t want to leave the parks. I loved the sports and the coaching. I couldn’t wait to go to work in the morning. I was so enthused. I’d see the kids and coaching. It was a labor of love.
He rose in the ranks. In 1972, Mike Royko described Kelly as “the ward boss of the 47th, the man who hands out the jobs, and trots out the votes,” in a column noting that not only was the executive secretary of the 47th Ward Regular Democratic Organization on the park district payroll, but so were two of Kelly’s four children.
Certainly. When I became superintendent, sure there was patronage. Absolutely. Certainly I helped kids. I have letters from kids, they were terrific workers. 
He managed Richard J. Daley’s last campaign and was with him the day he died, Dec. 20, 1976.
[Daley] started reminiscing about the kids, I’m thinking, “Jesus, maybe he’s trying to tell me something he don’t want to tell me ...” He says, “C’mon out in the car.” I really thought he wanted me to leave the parks and come over [to City Hall]. We were unbelievably close. So I get into the car and he tells Grady to roll the window up. He’s sitting there he starts talking about his kids: “If anything ever happens, I don’t want nobody to hurt my kids.” And I said ‘Nobody is going to hurt your kids, not if I’m around.’ He says, ‘C’mon, take a ride, I got at 2 o’clock appointment.” [He] did not tell me it was with the doctor. It was 10 after 1. I said “I can’t.” He said “why?” I said I have to get that $22 mil for Soldier Field. He said “You’re going to get the money.” I said, “I don’t trust them.” I left him. 
On Jane Byrne:
She was after my ass. She gets elected, next morning she calls my house, my wife answers, she says, “Let me speak to that bum.” So I get on the phone, and she says “Eddie, I’m going out to the coast, when I get back, I need you, I want you to stay close to me.” I say, “You’re the mayor, I’ll do whatever you want me to do.” The next thing I know she’s going to fire me. It’s in the paper.
After, I talked to her. I said, “You crazy son of a bitch.” Later she tells me what happened. They were drinking. They were pumping her up I was going to run against her. I had all the votes, killed her. Finally Eddie [Vrdolyak] told her, “Don’t screw around with him, he can hurt you.” I said, “Don’t do this or I’ll come out against you personally.” She backed off and said put whoever you want in there.
I wish I could have helped her, but she never called me. The last few years she trusted me more than anybody. It was a shame. The first two years she was really struggling. The last two years she started to really become a mayor. 
But he was accused of lavishing resources on parks in his community and shortchanging parks in black neighborhoods. There was a federal investigation and Harold Washington fired him. 
I felt really bad, because I know the guy. Harold was pretty sharp. The two guys close to him were saying, “Kelly’s against the blacks; Kelly’s not done anything for the blacks.” We won the suit before a black judge, George Leighton. 
I wasn’t forced to any agreement with the government. We weren’t forced. We won the suit. We beat them. Before a black judge. 
I put more black kids to work than he ever ... I told him right to his face. Gene Sawyer wanted me to come back to the parks. He was a friend of mine. I said, “Gene, you’ll get killed.”
Harold and I made up four days before he died. He came to slate-making. I was slate-making chairman for 32 years. He came in, gave a hell of a talk, as he got halfway out, he came back up on the platform, he came over said, “Eddie, we’ve got to be friends, we’ve got to get together.” I said when you want to get together? He said “Monday morning.” I said “I’ll see you Monday morning.” Monday morning never came. But we had made up.
He grew uncharacteristically silent on the subject of Richard M. Daley, but had some choice words about Rahm Emanuel.
I feel sorry for Rahm, I really do. Rahm had no idea what he was getting into. Rahm’s not a Chicago guy. He’ll never be a Chicago guy. He’s not a street guy. He’s trying to be, but he’s not. He’s a suburbanite. He’s not a Chicagoan, he really isn’t. He’s smart, very smart. I think what he inherited is going to continue on, he’s going to find out more problems, money problems and things. 

Monday, August 18, 2014

Chief Keef Interview and Performance from Hollywood

Why the ink?

Someone please help me understand the thinking behind the ink. 

Should anti-tattoo discrimination be illegal?

A woman on her phone in an office with a large tattoo on her upper arm
Tattoos are more popular than ever, but workers can be dismissed from or denied jobs because of their body modifications. Some want protection under employment law. Should they get it?
You're perfect for the job. You have all the skills and experience the company is looking for, and you've turned up for the interview in your smartest attire.
But there's a problem.
If you have a tattoo that incurs the displeasure of the boss, you might find any offer of employment is swiftly rescinded.
In July Jo Perkins, a consultant in Milton Keynes, had her contract terminated because a 4cm image of a butterfly on her foot contravened the no-visible-inking policy of the firm for which she worked. The company said she had failed to cover it up.
A man shows off his neck tattoo
She wasn't the first. A 39-year-old mother-of-three from Yorkshire with the mantra "Everything happens for a reason" on her forearm was dismissedas a waitress in 2013 following complaints from customers. The previous year, a Next employee complained he had been forced from his job because his employers disliked his 80 tattoos.
In all cases, the employers insisted they were acting within their legal rights. And therein lies a potential hazard for a rapidly-growing section of the workforce.
One in five Britons now has a tattoo, according to research cited by the British Association of Dermatologists in 2012. Among US thirtysomethings the estimate rises to two-fifths.
From the prime minister's wife, Samantha Cameron - who has a dolphin image on her ankle - to celebrities like David Beckham and Cheryl Cole, tattooed individuals are firmly part of the mainstream.
Samantha Cameron's ankle tattooSamantha Cameron's dolphin tattoo on her ankle
But employers have not all kept pace with changes in attitudes. A report last year for the British Sociological Association found managers frequently expressed negative views about the image projected by noticeably tattooed staff.

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Recruiters who had tattoos [told me] they wouldn't have someone with a visible tattoo on display”
Andrew TimmingSt Andrew University
While ink was an asset in some industries, such as those targeting young people, most of those interviewed felt there was a "stigma" attached to visible markings, according to Andrew Timming of St Andrews University, who carried out the study.
Words like "untidy", "repugnant" and "unsavoury" were all used to describe the perception clients were likely to gain of the organisation if someone decorated in this way was hired.
This was true even when managers were themselves fond of body modifications. "There were recruiters who had tattoos, who showed me them - they weren't visible on the hand, neck or face - they wouldn't have someone with a visible tattoo on display," says Timming.
Some enthusiasts for skin markings insist this is deeply unfair. A number of e-petitions have been organised against tattoo-related discrimination.
A 34-year-old from Birmingham who changed his name by deed poll to King of Ink Land King Body Art The Extreme Ink-Ite (previously Mathew Whelan), who describes himself as the UK's most tattooed man, has led a campaign to protect the employment status of people with body modifications.
Two photos show Body Art before and after he had his face covered in tattoosThe before and after shots of Body Art, formerly known as Mathew Whelan

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Body Art with a monacle
I was nine when I knew I wanted them”
Body Art
Body Art (as he gives his shortened name), a property entrepreneur and Liberal Democrat activist in Birmingham, has personally lobbied ministers Lynne Featherstone, Jo Swinson and Ed Davey in favour of a level playing field for those with tattoos.
"If someone can do a job, they should be equal with the next person who has the same CV," he says.
Tattoos are more than simply a lifestyle choice, he argues - they are an expression of someone's identity just as much as their religion or other beliefs.
"I was nine when I knew I wanted them," he says. "People who are modified have an identity because of their image and who they are."
It's not a view that is widely shared by bosses.
Policies which restrict tattoos are commonplace in the UK. The Metropolitan Police bans them on the face, hands and above the collar line, as well as any which are "discriminatory, violent or intimidating". In 2012 the music retailer HMV was criticised for issuing guidelines instructing staff to cover up their ink. Airlines frequently place restrictions on tattoos among cabin crew.
Office worker with a tattoo
Firms have every right to decide who represents them, argues independent human resources consultant Sandra Beale. An organisation that wishes to project a smart, professional image, or whose clients would likely be put off, is entitled to ban or limit body modifications, she says - workers can choose whether they prefer having a tattoo or a job.
Steve-OSome jobs may be less strict than others
"For an employer, if they employ them in a customer-facing role, it could have an impact on reputation and doesn't portray a good corporate image," she says.
Around the world, the law tends not to protect tattooed employees.
In Japan, where tattoos are widely associated with organised crime, bans are commonplace. A US federal appeals court ruled in 2006 that ordering public employees to cover up their tattoos did not violate their First Amendment rights. In New Zealand, where tattoos are an important part of Maori culture, a ban by the national airline on visible markings ignited a national debate.
However, in Victoria, Australia, they may be considered a physical feature protected by the Equal Opportunity Act 2010, according to at least one legal opinion.
Under UK law it's perfectly legal for managers to refuse to hire someone on this basis, according to employment law expert Helen Burgess, a partner at law firm Shoosmiths. The only exception might be under the 2010 Equality Act if the tattoo were connected to their religion or beliefs, she says - and even then a plaintiff would have to demonstrate this were the case.
Existing employees would fare little better if their boss took a dislike to a new adornment. "If there was a blanket ban on tattoos and an individual were to turn up with one, if the employer followed proper process that would be a fair dismissal in law," Burgess says.
By contrast, Body Art argues that body modification has "protected characteristic" status under the 2010 act, given the practice's connection to people's beliefs.
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Japan's tattoo taboos
Male models show off their full body tattoos in the style of YakuzaModels show off the Yakuza-style body art of renowned tattoo artist Horiyoshi III
  • Tattooing in Japan goes at least as far back as 5,000 BC
  • During 7th and 8th Century, evidence suggests that tattooing began to be used as a form of punishment for criminals
  • Resulted in an enduring association with criminality, although elaborate tattoo artistry also has a long history
  • Regularly linked to Japanese mafia - known as the Yakuza - whose members often sport tattoo "suits", invisible when fully clothed
  • In 2012 the mayor of Osaka tried to crackdown on city workers with tattoos. "If they insist on having tattoos, they had better leave the city office and go to the private sector," he said at the time
  • Young people tend to be more open to tattoos but still common for visible art to be banned in gyms, water parks and many workplaces
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But the fact so many organisations have anti-tattoo policies suggests this interpretation of the law has not yet entered the mainstream among HR and legal circles. Secondary legislation specifically excluded tattoos and piercings from the 2010 act's definition of a severe disfigurement, on which basis an employer cannot discriminate.
For this reason, some tattoo artists refuse to ink the face, neck or hands of customers who are not already heavily inked.
Nonetheless, the sheer critical mass of younger people with tattoos suggests it's likely that attitudes are likely to change over time regardless of what the law says.
Young office worker
Employers - especially those seeking specialist skills - may find they can't afford to exclude talent. In an effort to tackle a recruitment shortfall, the British Army is reported to be considering relaxing its rules to allow tattoos on the face, neck and hands.
However, says Timming, "There will be certain genres of tattoos that would never be normalised. Any kind of racist symbols would be a death sentence in terms of your job prospects."
Even now, he says, the size and location of a tattoo make a big difference to whether an employer is likely to accept it.
Likewise, designs with connotations of drugs, violence, crime or death are likely to impede a job search, Timming says. Even football-related tattoos sometimes cause applicants to be rejected because some employers associate them with hooliganism.
By contrast, "any kind of more innocuous, smaller tattoos - a rose or a butterfly - would be more acceptable in the workplace".
For the time being, it's advice worth considering when balancing the appeal of that new tattoo against the prospect of a dream job.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

"Maybe the greatest hoax in history"

Empty Suit
Hate to see another business hit the dirt..   but  this one goes out
with a bang !  

The liberal Newsweek Magazine is going out of business but not before
it attacks the President. Wonderful story!

This is quite an article, even more so when you consider that NEWSWEEK
finally had the guts to admit it. WOW!

Newsweek COVER!!! It is their last cover before they fold. Also read
the article at the end. AMAZING!!!

Finally, Matt Patterson and Newsweek speak out about Obama. This is
timely and tough. As many of you know, Newsweek has a reputation for
being extremely liberal. The fact that their editor saw fit to print
the following article about Obama and the one that appears in the
latest Newsweek, makes this a truly amazing event, and a news story in
and of itself. At last, the truth about our President and his agenda
are starting to trickle through the protective wall built around him
by the liberal media...

By Matt Patterson (Newsweek Columnist - Opinion Writer)

Years from now, historians may regard the 2008 election of Barack
Obama as an inscrutable and disturbing phenomenon, the result of a
baffling breed of mass hysteria akin perhaps to the witch craze of the
Middle Ages. How, they will wonder, did a man so devoid of
professional accomplishment beguile so many into thinking he could
manage the world's largest economy, direct the world's most powerful
military, execute the world's most consequential job?

Imagine a future historian examining Obama's pre-presidential life:
ushered into and through the Ivy League, despite unremarkable grades
and test scores along the way; a cushy non-job as a "community
organizer;" a brief career as a state legislator devoid of legislative
achievement (and in fact nearly devoid of his attention, less often
did he vote "present"); and finally an unaccomplished single term in
the United States Senate, the entirety of which was devoted to his
presidential ambitions.

He left no academic legacy in academia, authored no signature
legislation as a legislator. And then there is the matter of his
troubling associations: the white-hating, America-loathing preacher
who for decades served as Obama's "spiritual mentor;" a real-life,
actual terrorist who served as Obama's colleague and political
sponsor. It is easy to imagine a future historian looking at it all
and asking: how on Earth was such a man elected president? There is no
evidence that he ever attended or worked for any university or that he
ever sat for the Illinois bar. We have no documentation for any of his
claims. He may well be the greatest hoax in history.

Not content to wait for history, the incomparable Norman Podhoretz
addressed the question recently in the Wall Street Journal: To be
sure, no white candidate who had close associations with an outspoken
hater of America like Jeremiah Wright and an unrepentant terrorist
like Bill Ayers, would have lasted a single day. But because Mr. Obama
was black, and therefore entitled in the eyes of liberal Dom to have
hung out with protesters against various American injustices, even if
they were 'a bit' extreme, he was given a pass. Let that sink in:
Obama was given a pass - held to a lower standard because of the color
of his skin.

Podhoretz continues: And in any case, what did such ancient history
matter when he was also so articulate and elegant and (as he himself
had said) "non-threatening," all of which gave him a fighting chance
to become the first black president and thereby to lay the curse of
racism to rest?

Podhoretz puts his finger, I think, on the animating pulse of the
Obama phenomenon - affirmative action. Not in the legal sense, of
course. But certainly in the motivating sentiment behind all
affirmative action laws and regulations, which are designed primarily
to make white people, and especially white liberals, feel good about

Unfortunately, minorities often suffer so that whites can pat
themselves on the back. Liberals routinely admit minorities to schools
for which they are not qualified, yet take no responsibility for the
inevitable poor performance and high drop-out rates which follow.
Liberals don't care if these minority students fail; liberals aren't
around to witness the emotional devastation and deflated self-esteem
resulting from the racist policy that is affirmative action. Yes,
racist. Holding someone to a separate standard merely because of the
color of his skin - that's affirmative action in a nutshell, and if
that isn't racism, then nothing is.

And that is what America did to Obama. True, Obama himself was never
troubled by his lack of achievements, but why would he be? As many
have noted, Obama was told he was good enough for Columbia despite
undistinguished grades at Occidental; he was told he was good enough
for the US Senate despite a mediocre record in Illinois; he was told
he was good enough to be president despite no record at all in the
Senate. All his life, every step of the way, Obama was told he was
good enough for the next step, in spite of ample evidence to the

What could this breed if not the sort of empty narcissism on display
every time Obama speaks? In 2008, many who agreed that he lacked
executive qualifications nonetheless raved about Obama's oratory
skills, intellect, and cool character. Those people - conservatives
included - ought now to be deeply embarrassed.

The man thinks and speaks in the hoariest of clichés, and that's when
he has his Teleprompters in front of him; when the prompter is absent
he can barely think or speak at all. Not one original idea has ever
issued from his mouth - it's all warmed-over Marxism of the kind that
has failed over and over again for 100 years. (An example is his 2012
campaign speeches which are almost word for word his 2008 speeches)

And what about his character? Obama is constantly blaming anything and
everything else for his troubles. Bush did it; it was bad luck; I
inherited this mess. Remember, he wanted the job, campaigned for the
task. It is embarrassing to see a president so willing to advertise
his own powerless-ness, so comfortable with his own incompetence. (The
other day he actually came out and said no one could have done
anything to get our economy and country back on track). But really,
what were we to expect? The man has never been responsible for
anything, so how do we expect him to act responsibly? In short: our
president is a small-minded man, with neither the temperament nor the
intellect to handle his job. When you understand that, and only when
you understand that, will the current erosion of liberty and
prosperity make sense. It could not have gone otherwise with such an
impostor in the Oval Office.

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