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August 12 2011 Travus T. Hipp Morning News & Commentary: New Millenial Job Creation - Who Does It? We Do It... Locally
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August 12 2011 Travus T. Hipp Morning News & Commentary: New Millennial Job Creation - Who Does It? We Do It... Locally
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[After the commentary, a native of Hacklebarney Iowa, Greg Brown (his website) with a song about a guy who makes his own way. Courtesy of the respective artists.]
» For the next four days Ames Iowa is host to the Republican presidential debates. There are eight potential candidates but Ron Paul got the standing ovation when he demanded not only ALL U.S. troops out of Afghanistan and Iraq but a drawdown of forces deployed overseas in in general. Today the candidates are going to appear at the Iowa state fair also in Ames over this weekend and tomorrow there will be a straw vote where people will pay to vote (!?!) for the candidate of their choice... Meanwhile Ames Iowa is cashing in.
» The British government has cancelled the immediate hiring of a New York and LA police chief to help with their 'gang' problem. Things were generally quieter last night around Britain except for a couple of incidents in Manchester and elsewhere. France has offered to send help restoring order (I'll put my money on the street kids Vs the French Foreign Legion anytime). Due to the British surveillance camera state there are pictures of many of the rioters and there have been 1700 arrests so far, including a couple of people charged with murder... one 16 year old girl, and another person who killed an older man said to have been defending his property.
In light of the recent 'disturbances' Britain's Tourism Board has updated their TV commercial:
More press on the British riots below the fold...
» This is one of the places the British government's social services and job creation money went... Britain has cancelled a decades old program to catalog and identify Unidentified Flying Objects. The archive will be maintained just in case.
» The Obama administration has decided to take a bus trip across America speaking with Middle Americans and stumping for Obama's presidential run next year... instead of calling Congress back into session to do it's job and standing by for bill signings and making recess appointments.
» Five more Americans have been killed in two ambush incidents in Afghanistan. Half way through this month it has been the deadliest month so far for US forces in that invasion. It WAS Predicted... "The 2011 "Weather Report" For America's War On Afghanistan - It's Going To Be A Stormy Blood-Soaked Year"
» Mattel has announced that it will issue a Commemorative Farah Fawcett Barbie doll which will undoubtedly NOT be 'anatomically correct'. Farah Fawcett had a normal human-size waist.
In OTHER News:
Yesterday yours truly published the list of Republicans picked for the congressional "Budget Deficit Supercommittee".
Here's an update on the Democrat's picks... Sic 'Em!
Nancy Pelosi names her picks to ‘supercommittee,’ completing 12-member debt panelFor more information see: A who's who of the debt supercommittee, also at the Post.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Thursday filled out the final three slots on the joint deficit committee by selecting three members of her leadership team to the panel.
Pelosi (D-Calif.) chose Reps. James E. Clyburn (D-S.C.), Xavier Becerra (D-Calif.) and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), giving the panel the highest-ranking African-American and Latino lawmakers in Congress with Clyburn and Becerra, respectively. Pelosi reiterated her call for Congress to consider “the grand bargain” of major entitlement cuts matched with increased taxes.
“We must achieve a ‘grand bargain’ that reduces the deficit by addressing our entire budget, while strengthening Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. Our entire Caucus will work closely with these three appointees toward this goal, which is the goal of the American people,” Pelosi said. “Because the work of this committee will affect all Americans, I called last week for its deliberations to be transparent; the committee should conduct its proceedings in the open.”
Clyburn is the No. 3 Democratic leader and Becerra is the No. 5 member of her leadership team. As the top Democrat on the House Budget Committee, Van Hollen is an adjunct member of leadership and previously spent four years as the party’s campaign strategist as the head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. [More at the Washington Post]
Out of work Bubbie? You need a job and STILL believe that either of the Parties of Millionaires will help develop them, instead of simply calling you a bum as they get on the plane to their condo in Dubai?
From the Christian Science Monitor:
What can Congress do to create jobs? Five Democratic proposals
What can Congress do to create jobs? Five Republican proposals
More coverage of the British riots and their aftermath:
British Prime Minister Cameron has denounced the rioters as 'immoral.' But...
Which leads, inexorably, to this Open Letter To David Cameron's Parents:(PM Cameron said in Parliament) We need to show the world, which has looked on, frankly, appalled, that the perpetrators of the violence we have seen on our streets are not in any way representative of our country – nor of our young people.Lawmaker responses hinted at a stark divide between two prevailing opinions on the cause of the riots, Mr. Glover writes.
We need to show them that we will address our broken society, we will restore a... stronger sense of morality and responsibility – in every town, in every street and in every estate.
According to Cameron and many others, a lack of responsibility is to blame. "Young people smashing windows and stealing televisions is not about inequality," Cameron said. "When you have a deep moral failure you don't hit it with a wall of money."
On the other side was Labour leader Ed Miliband and many other Labour politicians, who argue that there is a link between "inequality and social order" and that the riots are a result of a deep disparity between Britain's upper and lower classes.
The past week could have been "disastrous" for Cameron, but he managed parliament well today, Glover writes. But those on both sides of the political spectrum need to tread carefully, he says...[In Full, Christian Science Monitor]
An Open Letter to David Cameron’s ParentsAlso See:
August 10, 2011
Dear Mr & Mrs Cameron,
Why did you never take the time to teach your child basic morality?
As a young man, he was in a gang that regularly smashed up private property. We know that you were absent parents who left your child to be brought up by a school rather than taking responsibility for his behaviour yourselves. The fact that he became a delinquent with no sense of respect for the property of others can only reflect that fact that you are terrible, lazy human beings who failed even in teaching your children the difference between right and wrong. I can only assume that his contempt for the small business owners of Oxford is indicative of his wider values.
Even worse, your neglect led him to fall in with a bad crowd. He became best friends with a young man who set fire to buildings for fun. And others...
There’s Michael Gove, whose wet-lipped rage was palpable on Newsnight last night. This is the Michael Gove who confused one of his houses with another of his houses in order to avail himself of £7,000 of the taxpayers’ money to which he was not entitled (or £13,000, depending on which house you think was which). Or Hazel Blears, who was interviewed in full bristling peahen mode for almost all of last night. She once forgot which house she lived in, and benefited to the tune of £18,000.
At the time she said it would take her reputation years to recover. Unfortunately not.
But, of course, this is different. This is just understandable confusion over the rules of how many *houses* you are meant to have as an MP. This doesn’t show the naked greed of people stealing plasma tellies... [More Dunning Follows]
These riots reflect a society run on greed and lootingAs a last note on the topic, it must be said that the British police do NOT seem to be happy with PM Cameron's strategy for dealing with what any police officer KNOWS, in the final analysis, is a SOCIAL problem, NOT originated from someone indelibly and genetically branded a "Criminal Element":
David Cameron has to maintain that the unrest has no cause except criminality – or he and his friends might be held responsible
guardian.co.uk, Wednesday 10 August 2011
It is essential for those in power in Britain that the riots now sweeping the country can have no cause beyond feral wickedness. This is nothing but "criminality, pure and simple", David Cameron declared after cutting short his holiday in Tuscany. The London mayor and fellow former Bullingdon Club member Boris Johnson, heckled by hostile Londoners in Clapham Junction, warned that rioters must stop hearing "economic and sociological justifications" (though who was offering them he never explained) for what they were doing.
When his predecessor Ken Livingstone linked the riots to the impact of public spending cuts, it was almost as if he'd torched a building himself. The Daily Mail thundered that blaming cuts was "immoral and cynical", echoed by a string of armchair riot control enthusiasts. There was nothing to explain, they've insisted, and the only response should be plastic bullets, water cannon and troops on the streets.
We'll hear a lot more of that when parliament meets – and it's not hard to see why. If these riots have no social or political causes, then clearly no one in authority can be held responsible. What's more, with many people terrified by the mayhem and angry at the failure of the police to halt its spread, it offers the government a chance to get back on the front foot and regain its seriously damaged credibility as a force for social order.
But it's also a nonsensical position. If this week's eruption is an expression of pure criminality and has nothing to do with police harassment or youth unemployment or rampant inequality or deepening economic crisis, why is it happening now and not a decade ago? The criminal classes, as the Victorians branded those at the margins of society, are always with us, after all. And if it has no connection with Britain's savage social divide and ghettoes of deprivation, why did it kick off in Haringey and not Henley? [More, Guardian UK]
We can't be ordered to police in a certain wayGood On Him!
Now is not the time for police to use water cannon and baton rounds, writes Sir Hugh Orde, president of the Association of Chief Police Officers. Such tactics should only be used in very specific circumstances and we will not rashly deviate from the British model of policing
One of the greatest strengths of British policing is that operational decision-making is conducted not by politicians, but by professional chief police officers who have spent their whole career in policing. While David Cameron today referred to some of the more extreme measures available to us, they are not new, and responsibility for their deployment remains entirely a matter for chief officers. There can be no confusion here at all; it is a fact that we cannot be ordered to police in a certain way but we will be held robustly accountable for what we choose to do or not do.
As one of only two officers in the country to have ordered the use of water cannon and baton rounds in public-order policing, my professional judgment is... [More @ The Guardian]
(And PLEASE try to keep your government from killing all the dusky natives...)
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