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Middle-aged white guy who believes in justice and equality for all. Math and computer analyst with additional 21st century jack-of-all-trades skills. I'm a stud, not a dud!

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Johnny Arrogant will play by his rules ... for now

There is an uncomfortable truth far greater than just the personal, and most likely unintentional, assault currently being staged against the NCAA by Johnny Football Inc.

The NCAA was founded on the ideals of fairness, much like our great country, and then in practice we learn that so little in life is actually fair.

Pursuing equality and fairness is admirable and a necessity, only until it gets right in the way of what we want. That’s when there are issues.

Why would we prefer if Johnny Football didn’t party it up, act like a spoiled brat, taunt opponents and get away with it? Because 99 percent of us would never get away with it.

Read more here: http://www.star-telegram.com/2013/09/02/5128138/johnny-arrogant-will-play-by-his.html#storylink=cpy
Posted by TexasTowelie | Tue Sep 3, 2013, 09:59 AM (1 replies)

NY case puts N-word use among blacks on trial

Source: AP

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal jury has rejected the argument that use of the N-word among blacks can be a culturally acceptable term of love and endearment, deciding its use in the workplace is hostile and discriminatory no matter what.

Jurors last week awarded $250,000 in compensatory damages to a black employment agency worker who was the target of an N-word-laced rant by her black boss, and they return to a Manhattan federal court Tuesday to decide on punitive damages.

The case against Rob Carmona and the employment agency he founded, STRIVE East Harlem, gave legal airing to what some see as a complex double standard surrounding the word: It's a degrading slur when uttered by whites but can be used at times with impunity among blacks.

But 38-year-old Brandi Johnson told jurors that being black didn't make it any less hurtful to be the target of what her attorney called Carmona's "four-minute nigger tirade" about inappropriate workplace attire and unprofessional behavior.

Read more: http://www.chron.com/news/us/article/NY-case-puts-N-word-use-among-blacks-on-trial-4782124.php?cmpid=hpts

Japan to fund ice wall to stop reactor leaks

Source: AP

TOKYO — The Japanese government announced Tuesday that it will spend $470 million on a subterranean ice wall and other steps in a desperate bid to stop leaks of radioactive water from the crippled Fukushima nuclear station after repeated failures by the plant’s operator.

The decision is widely seen as an attempt to show that the nuclear accident won’t be a safety concern just days before the International Olympic Committee chooses between Tokyo, Istanbul and Madrid as the host of the 2020 Olympics.

The Fukushima Dai-ichi plant has been leaking hundreds of tons of contaminated underground water into the sea since shortly after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami damaged the complex. Several leaks from tanks storing tainted water in recent weeks have heightened the sense of crisis that the plant’s owner, Tokyo Electric Power Co., isn’t able to contain the problem.

“Instead of leaving this up to TEPCO, the government will step forward and take charge,” said Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said after adopting the outline. “The world is watching if we can properly handle the contaminated water but also the entire decommissioning of the plant.”

Read more: http://fuelfix.com/blog/2013/09/03/japan-to-fund-ice-wall-to-stop-reactor-leaks/

Study says Texas private health ins. premiums will rise 9.3% with Medicaid expansion opposition

AUSTIN — Texas’ refusal to expand Medicaid will cause private health insurance premiums to rise by an average of 9.3 percent for people who buy their own coverage, a new study finds.

GOP lawmakers, strongly encouraged by Gov. Rick Perry, decided not to add poor adults to Medicaid’s rolls.

The rest of the story is behind the paywall at http://www.dallasnews.com/news/politics/state-politics/20130902-study-says-texas-premiums-will-rise-with-medicaid-expansion-opposition.ece .
Posted by TexasTowelie | Tue Sep 3, 2013, 02:32 AM (2 replies)

Texas chief justice Jefferson will resign Oct. 1

Wallace Jefferson, chief justice of the Texas Supreme Court, will resign from the state’s highest civil court effective Oct. 1, a business law website said Monday.

The Texas Lawbook, citing an exclusive interview with Jefferson, said the chief justice blamed financial pressures — in addition to achieving most of his goals in office — for the early departure. His six-year term is set to expire at the end of 2014.

Jefferson was a highly regarded appellate court lawyer from San Antonio when he was appointed to the court by Gov. Rick Perry in 2001, and he became the first African-American to lead the court when Perry named him chief justice in 2004.

Jefferson’s successor, to be appointed by Perry, would face election for a full term in 2014.

More at http://www.statesman.com/news/news/website-texas-chief-justice-jefferson-will-resign-/nZkJJ/ .

[font color=green]The chief justice makes $165,000 a year. We wouldn't Perry's next nominee to suffer under such a terrible hardship so let's do our part and elect a Democrat for chief justice of the Texas Supreme Court in 2014.[/font]
Posted by TexasTowelie | Tue Sep 3, 2013, 01:55 AM (0 replies)

Celebrating Labor in America

By Dr. Brian Carr
President, Behavioral Health Associates, Lubbock, Texas, 1991-Present
Chairman, City of Lubbock Board of Health, 2013
Submitted on September 2, 2013 - 9:58am


If today you are sitting on the patio preparing for a family and friends cookout you might pause a moment and give thought to what Labor Day means to our country.

Made official by Congress in 1894 the first Monday in September is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers.

Some records show that Peter J. McGuire, general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and a co-founder of the American Federation of Labor, was first in suggesting a day to honor those "who from rude nature have delved and carved all the grandeur we behold."

But Peter McGuire's place in Labor Day history has not gone unchallenged. Many believe that Matthew Maguire, a machinist, not Peter McGuire, founded the holiday. Recent research seems to support the contention that Matthew Maguire, later the secretary of Local 344 of the International Association of Machinists in Paterson, N.J., proposed the holiday in 1882 while serving as secretary of the Central Labor Union in New York. What is clear is that the Central Labor Union adopted a Labor Day proposal and appointed a committee to plan a demonstration and picnic.

The vital force of labor added materially to the highest standard of living and the greatest production the world has ever known and has brought us closer to the realization of our traditional ideals of economic and political democracy. It is appropriate, therefore, that the nation pay tribute on Labor Day to the creator of so much of the nation's strength, freedom, and leadership — the American worker.

Our shared labor has led to the greatness of our country and today is but a fleeting moment honoring our people who work so hard. We must be strong in our support of labor and to ensure the safety of our work place and the industrial process. As Sinclair Lewis wrote in “The Jungle” the unbridled authority of the corporation must be kept in check so that profit does not come without regard to people.

So, enjoy your day off and give thanks to the efforts of labor in America.

TAGS:

LubbockOnline Blog
Angry old white doctor guys are myopic on Obama
BBQ tonight will be good
Labor
Loving the morning
Lubbock
My salsa is not from New York City
nice rain this morning
people before profits
Texas
the chicken hawks are gathering

Source: http://lubbockonline.com/interact/blog-post/dr-brian-carr/2013-09-02/celebrating-labor-america

Cross-posted in Good Reads forum.
Posted by TexasTowelie | Mon Sep 2, 2013, 03:22 PM (0 replies)

Celebrating Labor in America

By Dr. Brian Carr
President, Behavioral Health Associates, Lubbock, Texas, 1991-Present
Chairman, City of Lubbock Board of Health, 2013
Submitted on September 2, 2013 - 9:58am


If today you are sitting on the patio preparing for a family and friends cookout you might pause a moment and give thought to what Labor Day means to our country.

Made official by Congress in 1894 the first Monday in September is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers.

Some records show that Peter J. McGuire, general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and a co-founder of the American Federation of Labor, was first in suggesting a day to honor those "who from rude nature have delved and carved all the grandeur we behold."

But Peter McGuire's place in Labor Day history has not gone unchallenged. Many believe that Matthew Maguire, a machinist, not Peter McGuire, founded the holiday. Recent research seems to support the contention that Matthew Maguire, later the secretary of Local 344 of the International Association of Machinists in Paterson, N.J., proposed the holiday in 1882 while serving as secretary of the Central Labor Union in New York. What is clear is that the Central Labor Union adopted a Labor Day proposal and appointed a committee to plan a demonstration and picnic.

The vital force of labor added materially to the highest standard of living and the greatest production the world has ever known and has brought us closer to the realization of our traditional ideals of economic and political democracy. It is appropriate, therefore, that the nation pay tribute on Labor Day to the creator of so much of the nation's strength, freedom, and leadership — the American worker.

Our shared labor has led to the greatness of our country and today is but a fleeting moment honoring our people who work so hard. We must be strong in our support of labor and to ensure the safety of our work place and the industrial process. As Sinclair Lewis wrote in “The Jungle” the unbridled authority of the corporation must be kept in check so that profit does not come without regard to people.

So, enjoy your day off and give thanks to the efforts of labor in America.

TAGS:

LubbockOnline Blog
Angry old white doctor guys are myopic on Obama
BBQ tonight will be good
Labor
Loving the morning
Lubbock
My salsa is not from New York City
nice rain this morning
people before profits
Texas
the chicken hawks are gathering

Source: http://lubbockonline.com/interact/blog-post/dr-brian-carr/2013-09-02/celebrating-labor-america

Cross-posted in Texas Group.
Posted by TexasTowelie | Mon Sep 2, 2013, 03:22 PM (0 replies)

DPS Reinstates Female Trooper, Fires Male Trooper Involved in Cavity Search

After being dismissed for over a year, the Texas Department of Public Safety reinstated the female State Trooper who conducted an illegal cavity search in Brazoria County during a traffic stop in May of 2012 early last month.

As previously reported, this was the second search that occurred last year in which a female agent failed to change gloves between conducting full cavity searches on the women they had pulled over. Both searches were ordered by male DPS agents during traffic stops.

DPS Director Steven McCraw said he was rehiring Trooper Jennie Bui after a grand jury chose not to indict her for the traffic stop in Brazoria County.

While the case is still in litigation, the first of these disturbing cases that occurred in the Dallas area reached a settlement of $185,000 in a federal civil rights lawsuit. There is no information other than the original reports of the female trooper conducting having been fired by the DPS, while the male trooper was placed on paid suspension. Therefore, we can only assume that there are no changes to this situation. Even though both of these cases are eerily similar, only the second of these cases has been deemed worthy of a practical assessment by DPS. Apparently for Director McCraw, these incidents were only worth honestly settling the second time around.

More at http://www.burntorangereport.com/diary/14023/dps-reinstates-female-trooper-fires-male-trooper-involved-in-cavity-search .
Posted by TexasTowelie | Sun Sep 1, 2013, 08:19 PM (0 replies)

9 Urban Dictionary Definitions You Can Use This Weekend: VIDEO



[font color=green]Okay, the one that fits my current situation is dankrupt.[/font]
Posted by TexasTowelie | Sun Sep 1, 2013, 05:13 PM (1 replies)

China: Wife 'Boils Husband In Pressure Cooker'

A woman in China who allegedly murdered her husband and boiled his corpse in a pressure cooker has reportedly handed herself into police.

The man was allegedly drugged and tortured by his wife for three days in June, according to a report on government-backed news portal Anhui News.

The woman, who he had reportedly abused, then dismembered her husband's body with a saw and boiled the parts in a pressure cooker to cover her tracks, the report claimed.

It did not detail how she supposedly disposed of his cooked flesh.

More at http://news.sky.com/story/1135501/china-wife-boils-husband-in-pressure-cooker .

[font color=green]Two items to note regarding this article:

1. I usually do not post stories from Sky News since they are part of the Murdoch publications.

2. I am not cross-posting this story in the Cooking & Baking group. [/font]

Posted by TexasTowelie | Sun Sep 1, 2013, 04:20 PM (5 replies)
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