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Blood-bank chief uses consultant, staffer to help write book

CEO Chinoda appears to be seriously delusional, with an ego bloated to the size of the Goodyear blimp. Too much money, too much power, and too many sycophants kissing the hem of her queenly gown. Significantly insolent, and just another pizzant posing as a paragon. Of course, she and her flunky board members dispense hefty contracts (doled out to themselves and to others) as if the FBC's coffers were their private bank accounts. So at least the profiteering from this non-profit is spread around. And ya know--whatever is good for the economy is good for everyone. Right, Suckers?  (Jul 1, 2009 | post #33)

Orlando Sentinel

GOP Activist Apologized for Michelle Obama Facebook Joke

Drop the superior attitude and pay attention...In this case, a majority of the Supreme Court simply applied the rule against discrimination, as was (and is) enunciated in the Civil Rights Act of 1964. That is the bedrock foundation law which was not "overturned " by the 1971 Griggs decision. In that ruling, the Supreme Court created a loophole of sorts, called "disparate impact", aka as a "reverse discrimination incentive." Murky stuff, indeed. But in Justice Kennedy's written opinion Monday, he addressed the issue thusly: "Our holding today clarifies how Title VII applies to resolve competing expectations under the disparate-treatmen t and disparate-impact provisions." In sum: They (and Griggs) did not apply in this case. Because this was a clear instance of plain old racial discrimination. Whereas the 1964 law was meant to protect black citizens from race-based inequities--that same law also protects white citizens from racial injustices. The decision is pretty simple and straight forward: Racial discrimination is wrong (illegal) no matter who the victims are. All are protected by the 1964 Civil Rights Act, the primary law in this instance...  (Jul 1, 2009 | post #161)

Orlando Sentinel

GOP Activist Apologized for Michelle Obama Facebook Joke

The FireFighters' Case; From the majority opinion written by Justice Anthony Kennedy: The city of New Haven violated Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act: "Whatever the city's ultimate aim--however well-intentioned or benevolent it might have seemed--the city made its employment decision because on race. The city rejected the test results solely because the higher-scoring candidates were white." In effect, the white Firefighters were subjected to (reverse) discrimination, aka disparate treatment, based on race--which is forbidden under the Civil Rights Act. Kennedy wrote: "Petitioners are entitled to summary judgment on their Title VII claim---and we therefore need not decide the underlying constitutional question...The judgment of the Court of Appeals is reversed." That was the 3-member (Sotomayor) panel which issued a brief paragraph opinion, upholding a lower-court ruling for the city and against the Firefighters. ...So, no new law was written. Precedent was observed. Basic law was upheld (discrimination by any other name). And Judge Sotomayor's previous opinion was overruled. ...Any questions? :-)  (Jun 30, 2009 | post #155)

Orlando Sentinel

GOP Activist Apologized for Michelle Obama Facebook Joke

Good solid ruling in the Firefighters' suit. Never should have gone past the lower courts, since there is plenty of precedent which establishes the illegality of reverse discrimination. ...Ms. Sotomayer is being boosted for elevation to the High Court (seemingly) because she is a woman and Hispanic. Neither one is relevant to the legit qualifications of a potential justice. But therein lies the eternal conundrum, to wit: Extraneous factors always figure into the choices of those who (allegedly) are our top legal minds. After all, for many generations, only well-gonnected (sic) white men were considered. ...In token apposition, Clarence Thomas was appointed on greased skids. Nothing very brilliant has emanated from him...but he is not alone in that category. As usual, we have a Supreme Court which is divided into Lefty-Righty camps. When it is supposed to be neither. ...Only one philosophy should prevail when the judiciary interprets conflicting versions of statutory law: It's the one which is enunciated in the US Constitution, especially as it is narrated in the Bill of Rights and the subsequent amendments...  (Jun 29, 2009 | post #140)

Orlando Sentinel

What we think: Reform justice system

...One reason is: The Ruling Class (includes Congress) has only scant connection to RealLife Americans. Some of those posing-posturing Bozos have exactly no connection to our everyday citizens. ...In fact, it is now questionable--that we even have a representative Democracy anymore. The form, yes; the substance, doubtful. Thus, at every level, we have a Ruling Class, whose members represent themselves and their interests, not US...  (Jun 28, 2009 | post #19)

Orlando Sentinel

Man who left $50,000 at Toyota dealership gets money back

...Update on this guy probably is in the works. Easiest part will be job/residency status---Is the money legal? Is he? ...To save 50-grand in two years requires some high-dollar income. Doesn't seem to mesh with a 32-year-old dude who is driving around in an "older" Toyota--and who then takes a suspicious amount of time to claim his lost bundle. Seems like something nervous was going on, before he finally jumped in with his most-unusual story. ...Cops were probably drooling over the prospects of running down the facts in follow up. Shouldn't be long. Monday/Tuesday maybe. Not to assume that Mister (Senor?) Fifty Gs is hanging around for the knock on his door...:-)  (Jun 27, 2009 | post #61)

Orlando Sentinel

What we think: Reform justice system

Most of the tough-talkers don't know what they're yapping about. Which is: The Assembly-line System of (in)Justice (what the ABA calls it, without the preface in). The ABA's investigation of that errant system is entitled, Gideon's Broken Promise. The gist of its final report states that judges and lawyers railroad thousand of defendants, in Florida and across the country, every year. The victims are usually the young, the dumb, the addled, the trusting naifs, the unconnected nobodies. In brief, they are among our most hapless and helpless citizens. Many are falsely charged, unfairly convicted, and wrongly punished. Usually, they are also victims of their own self-destructive choices, serious abusers of drugs and booze, which itself leads to more bad judgments in their lives. In well-run Florida prisons, they are treated with civility, and they morph into someone else--all cleaned up, thinking straight, reading and writing and growing into decency. In poorly-run Florida prisons, the administration and COs generally treat the inmates like crap. Which is what happens when the Department of Corections does not enforce its own rules and regulations. And the result is a predictable human response: Violence inside the razor wire, and more of the same when those inmates get out. Then Society and all the tough-talkers can deal with it, smacked in the kisser, compliments of the underlying ignorance which ia aka The Asembly-line System of American (in)Justice...  (Jun 26, 2009 | post #16)

Orlando Sentinel

GOP Activist Apologized for Michelle Obama Facebook Joke

You're close enough on the saying--But it is a misleading (even false) bit of wisdom--Since History always repeats--Because the Human Beast (in its infinite arrogant stupidity) insists on repeating the same old horrific blunders: Murdering, raping, pillaging. Lying/thieving nations rise, lying/thieving nations fall...Thus passes all the glory of the world...  (Jun 26, 2009 | post #125)

Orlando Sentinel

GOP Activist Apologized for Michelle Obama Facebook Joke

Yep, him too--All reconstructed now, and quite a dramatic thespian, as he plays his final historical role: Venerable Suthren Sage with Shakespearian pretensions...He's a gas and a hoot, when he's on stage, but relatively harmless anymore...  (Jun 23, 2009 | post #105)

Orlando Sentinel

GOP Activist Apologized for Michelle Obama Facebook Joke

...Ugly also is in the eye of the beholder...Of course, if you are a raving beauty, then you might claim some special creds. But visual proof is required...:-)  (Jun 22, 2009 | post #94)

Orlando Sentinel

What we think: A breather on cigarettes

...Smoking lamp's lit. Smoke'em if you got'em. Bum one if you ain't... ...Tis sacred lore ingrained in the honored annals of The American Fighting Man. Who dares sully that noble history? ... :-) :-) :-)  (Jun 22, 2009 | post #25)

Orlando Sentinel

GOP Activist Apologized for Michelle Obama Facebook Joke

HaHaHaHa--Blue Ray made a funny--although the jest might be lost on him, so busy has he been flooding the board with judgments. But, to judge is human, and universal too, else nobody would ever survive in this brutally savage world of ours...;-)  (Jun 22, 2009 | post #92)

Orlando Sentinel

GOP Activist Apologized for Michelle Obama Facebook Joke

Posting to Blue Ray again...Posting to Blue Ray again...Posting to Blue Ray again... :-) We, and you, are discussing racism in America--kicked off by the racist GOPer's comment about Michelle Obama's "ancestor, " a gorilla (in this mindless quipster's view). We are not discussing injustice in the entire history of the world--a lame digression thrown up by you, apparently to distract from your rapidly weakening debate positions. Until then, you were doing well enough, enunciating the standard White Victim litany, coupled with the equally standard Black FreeLoader laments. But, you blew your cool, and turned snippy (snot-faced) imperious on us. Tisk tisk (phonetically speaking). Now, you're letting it (your racist fears) all hang out. And you still don't know a single unwhite human being personally--which hardly makes you an expert in the RealLife subject, your many ballyhooed degrees notwithstanding. BTW: Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, while expecting a different result--not no result. For every action there is always a reaction, even in LoonyLand...:-)  (Jun 22, 2009 | post #91)

Orlando Sentinel

GOP Activist Apologized for Michelle Obama Facebook Joke

Clearly, 3 degrees does not an educated reader make. Did you matriculate by mail order? ...We are not discussing the history of the world here. But, looks like you've shot your tattered wad...  (Jun 21, 2009 | post #73)

Orlando Sentinel

GOP Activist Apologized for Michelle Obama Facebook Joke

HaHa--A little welcome levity lights up the joint...Of course, to coin a phrase: Beauty is in the eye of the beholder...Michelle kinda fits the old sideways compliment: She's a handsome woman...Hilary's personality marred her looks long ago...Barbara Bush is in the matriarch mold...Raw-bonish Ann Coulter might be female, or maybe not... ;-) :-)  (Jun 21, 2009 | post #72)

Q & A with BuckStripes

Headline:

Semper Fi...

Hometown:

Glenwood, FL -the last of many

Neighborhood:

Wherever I am

Local Favorites:

The woods, and the roads where I can pedal my bike w/o getting scragged by blood-lusting maniacal drivers...

I Belong To:

Whoever loves me best, or at least some, or whoever smiles nicely and says, "Maybe..." :-)

When I'm Not on Topix:

I'm cogitating, or working out, or writing, or digging in people's nasty criminally-corrupt dung...

Read My Forum Posts Because:

They're there...

I'm Listening To:

The sound of Silence...

Read This Book:

HONOR CLEAN

Favorite Things:

Women, books, real music,a wee taste now and again, sweating the old bones, peace, and the United States Marine Corps. Plus a few others... :-)

On My Mind:

Plenty...

I Believe In:

Never giving up--Never, ever, never, not ever--until the final blankness erases all...