Thursday, March 20, 2014

America's Incredible Shrinking Navy

 Americans may be war-weary after Iraq and Afghanistan. But the world is still a hostile place, and the U.S.Navy is stretched too thin.
I asked how many carriers the Navy had deployed world-wide that day, and how many it could deploy within 30 days. A Naval officer said three were deployed that day, and one more could get under way within a month—a far cry from the 11-carrier fleet mandated by Congress.
And in a new sleight of hand, the Obama administration has changed what it considers a warship when reporting the size of the Navy's "battle force." From now on it will include the two hospital ships, Mercy and Comfort, 10 small coastal patrol vessels and a high-speed transport. Add those, subtract a few minesweepers, and voilĂ —the Navy fleet has grown to 293 from 283 ships.

Most of the new additions are lightly armed coastal-patrol craft and not true oceangoing ships. Originally designed to carry Navy SEALs and other special-operations forces, these 179-foot ships turned out to be inadequate for that role. Instead, armed with machine guns, they can be used to support "low intensity conflicts." They were launched in the early 1990s and recalled in 2010 to deal with fatigue damage to their hulls. Their military role is questionable and they're well past their expiration date, yet they sail on for public-relations purposes. [continued]

Today's Attempted Scam

Mystery Theatre

The truth is out there

Christians Need Not Apply

When Democrats are in charge                                               

While I'm at it ....

Non-Christians Given 'Special Consideration' In Union Teacher Contract

Ferndale Public Schools provision could violate state and federal laws

By Tom Gantert | March 19, 2014 |

The teachers union contract in Ferndale Public Schools in Oakland County gives "special consideration" to applicants who are of "the non-Christian faith."

Michigan's Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act prohibits discrimination in employment and public services on the basis of religion. The state constitution says it, "shall not discriminate against, or grant preferential treatment to, any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in the operation of public employment, public education, or public contracting." And the Federal Civil Rights Act prohibits employment discrimination based on religion.

The contract ran from 2011 to 2012 but was extended to 2017. The teachers belong to the Ferndale Education Association, a division of the Michigan Education Association.

Regarding promotion to a vacant position, it states on page 22:

    Should there be two (2) or more of these applicants with equal qualifications for the position and one (1) or more of these applicants with equal qualifications is a current employee, the current employee with the greatest seniority shall be assigned. Special consideration shall be given to women and/or minority defined as: Native American, Asian American, Latino, African American and those of the non-Christian faith. However, in all appointments to vacant positions, the Board's decision shall be final.

Earlier in the contract is a "no discrimination clause" that states no employee can be discriminated against based on their religion.

Ferndale Superintendent Gary Meier, Board President Jim O'Donnell, and MEA UniServ director Troy Scott did not return several requests for comment.

"This just strikes me as so un-American that they can put in open language for people to see that they are going to be discriminating against Christians," said Richard Thompson, president of the Thomas More Law Center in Ann Arbor. "Why would they be discriminating against Christians? They are not supposed to be discriminating against people for their religious beliefs. It's outrageous. And I believe it's unconstitutional."

Thompson also wondered why a public school district was tracking the religious beliefs of employees.

"Now, they are going to ask people, 'Are you a Christian?' " Thompson said. "Are people going to hide their faith so they can get a promotion? There is a subtle persecution [here] of Christians."

Rana Elmir, deputy director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan, said she couldn't speak to the specifics highlighted in the contract "because it comes down to how it is implemented."

"There's nothing wrong with encouraging people from diverse faiths to apply for a position. In fact, doing so recognizes that our classrooms and communities are diverse," Elmir said. "However, public schools themselves should not be in the business of promoting particular religious beliefs or religious activities over others and they should protect children from being coerced to accept religious or anti-religious beliefs."

A spokeswoman from Ferndale Public Schools, who responded after the story's original posting, said the district does not discriminate when hiring.

"The district appreciates your bringing this antiquated language to our attention. The timing is perfect since Ferndale Public Schools just completed bargaining and, with the advice of our legal counsel and approval from the district EA (union) representative, this language will be deleted from new contracts," said Shelley Yorke Rose, a spokeswoman for the district. "Unfortunately, there are no employees in the district who have been here long enough to explain the origins of the language, which we estimate to have been inserted between 1976-79.

"Please note that the district does not discriminate in hiring on the basis of religion or other related issues," she said.

A recent study from the Mackinac Center for Public Policy showed that about 60 percent of public school union contracts in Michigan had illegal provisions. Michigan Capitol Confidential has reported on some of the most egregious. For example, in 2012, Capitol Confidential reported on a teachers union contract in Bay City that had provisions allowing teachers to be drunk and on drugs several times before being fired.

(Editor's note: This story has been updated since its original posting. Ferndale Public Schools replied with a comment this afternoon.)

I'll leave it to you to figure out the whys and wherefores of excluding Christians (who gains?). To  give us a further sense of the depth of Michigan (& much of the nation's) teacher union depravity —

Union Contract: Teachers Can Be Caught In School Drunk Five Times and on Drugs Three Times Before Being Fired
'Super Seniority' For Union Officials, Other Clauses In School Contracts Forbidden By Law
Roadblocks To Reform? A Review of Union Contracts In Michigan Schools
Multiple School Districts Breaking Law on Transparency
How CapCon Uses Transparency Laws To Hold Government Accountable
School Districts, Union Working To Try and Ban Charter Schools
Unions, Government Entities Team Up to Try and Keep Information From Citizens

Now that I'm older

Now New Yorkers burn gun registration forms

Oh My




McDaniel just secured the endorsement of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, and on Wednesday the Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund announced its support for him. He already has a consortium of national and state groups backing him up, ranging from the powerful Club For Growth to the grassroots-focused FreedomWorks and Tea Party Express, among scores of others.

Mississippi’s GOP senate primary is quickly becoming ground zero in 2014 for the fight between the establishment and the conservative grassroots for control of the Republican Party’s future. The state’s former governor Haley Barbour’s establishment political machine is in full swing running defense for incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran. Cochran is facing the fight of his political life from surging primary challenger two-term state Sen. Chris McDaniel.

What has until now largely been a battle between Cochran and McDaniel facing off head-to-head is turning into the front line of the brutal and bloody political war between the Chamber of Commerce-style lobbyist big government Republicans and conservative grassroots focused Republicans who align with the Tea Party movement. Conservatives say Barbour and Cochran are examples of exactly what’s wrong with the party right now, while establishment figures say the exact same thing about the Tea Party.

The last several months have provided foreshadowing for the battle. Before McDaniels even announced he would challenge Cochran, Henry Barbour said McDaniels will have “his head handed to him, and that will be what he deserves” if he ran.

“I am not sure what is worse, Governor Haley Barbour saying that Cochran should be a Senator for life, or Senator McConnell saying they are going to ‘crush’ the tea party movement and our candidates,” Kremer said in an email.
-Amy Kremer, the chairwoman of Tea Party Express:
But on Wednesday, this fight between grassroots conservatives and establishment Republicans in Mississippi burst into open warfare.
“The battle lines are clearly drawn in this race,” FreedomWorks President Matt Kibbe said in an emailed statement to Breitbart News. “This is Cochran and his band of super lobbyists vs. Chris McDaniel and the people of Mississippi. The Barbours don't represent Mississippians, they represent their lobbying client lists.”  [Full Brietbart]

Amy Kremar says “You can involve the entire Barbour family and all of their trusted ones on the payroll, but they will never have the strength of the grassroots.” True, but they may have control of counting votes.  Let's hope Haley Barbour has enough decency to  let the game play out. I mean, he isn't a Democrat for chrissake; just a self serving  bureaucrat.

A Clemson Dive

Backstreets Pub and Deli in Clemson, South Carolina.  Terps fan that I am, "Fk Clemson" rolls easily off  my tongue."  Although, they did get screwed when Coach K's lobbying for N.C. State being given a bid to the NCAA toony cost Clemson a deserved spot. Fk Duke flows even more effortlessly.

SEIU- A Plague


The article further explains the ties to the SEIU, describing how many of the top organizers of Wisconsin Jobs Now also drew paychecks from the SEIU directly.

But the questionable activity did not end there – Wisconsin Jobs Now organizers have been legally implicated in 40 arrests and multiple investigations

 “Wisconsin Jobs Now” is a self-described “community-based, non-profit organization” focused on issues like “economic justice” and “fighting income inequality.” However, when you look into their financial statements, it becomes immediately clear that they are little more than an arm of SEIU Healthcare Wisconsin and SEIU International, from whom they received over $100,000 in 2012.

The “nonpartisan” Wisconsin Jobs Now, funded nearly entirely by SEIU Healthcare, is an Obamacare certified application counselor with a history of lawbreaking.
Their partisanship was clearly on display in 2012, where they were at the forefront of the Wisconsin State Senate recall elections:
“The group Wisconsin Jobs Now! gained notoriety last year when it was caught handing out barbecue chicken dinners to voters in conjunction with free rides to the polls in last summer’s Wisconsin state senate recall elections. That activity landed them an investigation by prosecutors. This year the group, which bills itself as a “non-partisan organization” on its website, is leading early voting efforts in Milwaukee that predominantly benefit the Democratic candidates for governor and lieutenant governor.”

The article further explains the ties to the SEIU, describing how many of the top organizers of Wisconsin Jobs Now also drew paychecks from the SEIU directly.
But the questionable activity did not end there – Wisconsin Jobs Now organizers have been legally implicated in 40 arrests and multiple investigations:
“Police cited Zellner and 16 others for harassing and disrupting a political fundraiser held by a Republican state official in January of 2012. In addition to Zellner, at least three of those cited worked for Wisconsin Jobs Now. They were Matthew S. Finnell, who still blogs and writes for the organization, Nicholas A. Janis, and the previously investigated Stoner.

“An early participate in the Occupy Wall Street movement, Wisconsin Jobs Now has hosted sit-ins at district offices of Republican members of Congress and recruited people to disrupt an in-district speaking engagement of Congressman Paul Ryan. The result was 19 people arrested for disturbing the peace at the office of Senator Ron Johnson, and three people arrested during the Ryan speech.”

And now, the group responsible for so many broken laws and arrests is certified to promote Obamacare in Wisconsin. Despite the fact that they have zero experience with healthcare, they will be responsible to “help people understand, apply, and enroll for health coverage through the Marketplace.”

If their previous experience is any indication, you can expect to see more questionable activity. Particularly given the fact that as of October 2013, “less than 50” people had signed up for Obamacare in the whole state of Wisconsin. Given their history, it wouldn’t be surprising if even that number was manipulated as well.

Story and Links HERE

What's the difference between SEIU and ACORN?  There are no differences.