Archive for August, 2011

Florida Enacts Pants On The Ground Legislation, Unintended Consequences Hits Private Sector

August 31, 2011

Democratic State Senator Gary Siplin of Orlando pushed for six years for the so-called Pull Your Pants Up law, and finally got his wish last spring.

The state legislature voted overwhelmingly to enact the ban at the start of the 2011-12 school year, making Florida and Arkansas the only two states with such a widespread prohibition against saggy pants for students.

“We want our kids to believe they’re going to college, and part of that is an attitude, and part of that is being dressed professionally,” Siplin told Reuters.

The statewide school dress code bucks a fashion trend with roots in prison attire and the rap and hip-hop music community. Siplin, who admits to sporting an Afro and platform shoes in his youth, grew tired of seeing young men wearing their pants so low their underwear was exposed.

Early Monday, Siplin handed out a dozen belts donated by a local church to students who showed up with droopy drawers at Oak Ridge High School in Orlando. He left another 25 belts with school administrators to hand out as needed.

Inintended consequences created by shortage of belts in private sector..

Disney Factory Faces Probe Into Sweatshop Suicide Claims, Life Imitating Art

August 29, 2011

Disney’s best-selling Cars toys are being made in a factory in China that uses child labour and forces staff to do three times the amount of overtime allowed by law, according to an investigation.

One worker reportedly killed herself after being repeatedly shouted at by bosses. Others cited worries over poisonous chemicals. Disney has now launched its own investigation.

It is claimed some of the 6,000 employees have to work an extra 120 hours every month to meet demand from western shops for the latest toys.

Human right investigation group  claim the  factory  employs  a 14-year-old. Staff also reported the presence of other child workers, according to the investigator.

Life imitating art.


Obama Picks Another Ivy League Professor To Fix US Business

August 29, 2011

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama has chosen labor economist and Princeton Economics Professor  Alan Krueger for a top administration post as the White House scrambles for solutions to boost a fragile economy with the 2012 election looming.

A White House official said Obama will nominate Krueger to head the White House Council of Economic Advisers. If confirmed by the Senate, he would replace Austan Goolsbee, who left the administration earlier this month.

Obama reloads another theorist from the faculty lounge..


Webster University Drops Student From Program Due To Lack of Empathy

August 29, 2011

A former Webster University student, David Schwartz,  studying to be a family counselor  says in a lawsuit that he was dismissed from a master’s degree program after it  was determined that he lacked empathy.

The suit, which claims up to $1 million in losses and seeks at least $2  million in punitive damages, alleges the school dismissed him quickly rather  than help him improve his empathy to complete the field work required for  graduating.

The lawsuit was filed in St. Louis County Circuit Court last week.

Schwartz stated “I’m at an age now, at 44, where I’m committed to what I’m doing professionally,” he said. “I’m more than willing to improve.”

Schwartz said he left his job as a computer help desk technician to join the  program. Newly married, he still owes at least $70,000 in student loans.

When asked where was the empathy for a 44- year old student with $70,000 dollar of school debt and a new family Webster State  had no comment.

Obama Takes Charge At Hurricane Command Center

August 28, 2011

US President Barack Obama warned the US east coast was in for a “long 72 hours” as he led his government’s response to Hurricane Irene at a disaster command center in Washington.

Obama on Saturday chaired a meeting at the National Response Coordination Center (NRCC) set up at the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) headquarters in Washington, which is marshaling federal and local hurricane-relief efforts.

Obama returned home one night early on Friday from his island vacation on Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts and appeared keen to be visibly in charge as the response to Hurricane Irene unfolds.

Confused Dunkin Donuts Employee Busted For Soliciting Prostitution Pulls Coupon Offer

August 28, 2011

ROCKAWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. — Police say there was more on the menu than lattes  and a dozen glazed during the late shift at a Dunkin Donuts in northern New  Jersey. A 29-year-old female is facing prostitution charges after police say she took  breaks to provide sex in exchange for money.

Rockaway Township police launched an investigation known as “extra sugar” after getting a tip about the Dunkin Donuts on Route 46 between 9 p.m. and 5  a.m.Detective Sgt. Kyle Schwarzmann told The Daily Record of Parsippany he  noticed 29-year-old Melissa Redmond of Mine Hill would go out to cars and would  spend 10 to 15 minutes in the vehicles.

Schwarzmann says Redmond was arrested after soliciting sex from an undercover  officer.

No one at the Dunkin Donuts wanted to comment. But did say they were discontinuing their current special.






Tomb Raiders Find Pictures Of Condoleezza Rice In Gaddafi’s Bunker

August 26, 2011

Among the many bizarre items uncovered as Libyan rebels ransacked Muammar Gaddafi’s Tripoli compound: an album filled with photos of former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

The discovery was perhaps not surprising given Gaddafi’s much-professed admiration of Rice, MSNBC is noting. “I support my darling black African woman,” Gaddafi told al-Jazeera television in 2007, according to The Guardian. “I admire and am very proud of the way she leans back and gives orders to the Arab leaders…Leezza, Leezza, Leezza. I love her very much. I admire her and I’m proud of her because she’s a black woman of African origin.”

Gaddafi added she also has a great set of guns..

LGBT For Dummies Takes Off As Desperate Parents Of College Freshmen Look For Financial Relief

August 26, 2011

Elmhurst College put a question on its admissions application  that won’t appear on any other school’s application.

“Would you consider yourself to be a member of the LGBT  (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered) community?”

That optional question makes Elmhurst the first school in the  country to ask applicants about their sexual orientation or gender identity, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Gary Rold, the dean of students at Elmhurst, stressed the  question falls in line with the campus’ mission statement to increase  diversity.”We’re offering an incentive to a group of students who are  looking for a home and may not find that in a lot of other places, we consider  that a good thing. It’s very consistent with our mission,” said Rold.

Prospective freshmen and transfer students applying for the  2012 fall semester will become the first group of applicants to check  “yes,” “no” or “prefer not to answer.”Their answers will not play a role in the admissions  process. A “yes” answer could put students in line to qualify for a  scholarship worth one-third of tuition at the private, liberal arts school  affiliated with the United Church of Christ, said Rold.

LGBT  Preparatory classes will now take off as desperate parents look for ways to reduce college costs. Creates new wave of college entry consultants..

Eye View Sports, University Of Memphis Looks To Hire Luke Walton Poster Boy For NBA Lockout

August 23, 2011

Instead of not filling the vacant third assistant position on his staff as he hinted last week, University of Memphis coach Josh Pastner has made an intriguing choice for the job. Pastner is on the verge of hiring fellow Arizona alum and current Los Angeles Lakers forward Luke Walton as an assistant coach until the NBA lockout ends and play resumes. The hire will not become official without the approval of the Tennessee State Board of Regents, but Pastner is confident enough it will happen that Memphis put out a release announcing it.

A series of foot and back injuries have robbed Walton of his former athleticism and made it difficult for him to live up to that lucrative deal he signed in 2007, but he still endeared himself to Phil Jackson because he played the game the right way.

Walton may want to coach after his playing career is over, but he would be foolish to retire with two years and more than $11 million left on his current contract.

Luke Walton holding down a front row seat at Staple Center for $6M a year, reason and official poster boy for NBA lock out and labor dispute.

Ask The Eye, Go Country

August 23, 2011

Dear Eye View,
I was raised by an abusive, alcoholic mother who told me that the only reason she chose not to abort me was so my brother would have someone to use as a punching bag, which he did. She was a psychopathic woman who became violent when she drank. She even stabbed me once. Then my father was killed, directly as a result of her abuse, and she committed suicide a few months later. As an adult I’ve come to accept my past and use it to firm my resolve to be a better parent when the time comes. I recently married and have explained everything to my husband. But his family has started to ask about my parents and how they passed away. I don’t regret my mother’s suicide. She was an evil, callous, heartless woman. But I don’t want to share this, or how my father died. My husband’s family is my family, too, now, and the in-laws feel they have a right to some answers. While a part of me agrees, I feel that we would all regret it if I did share. How can I put an end to the questions about my past and specifically my parents’ deaths?

—No Tell-All

Dear NTA

I understand your concern. Go Country. Put it in a song..Hope this helps