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Saturday, June 19, 2010

REPRINT: Anniversary of PCSSD Shame & State Of Arkansas' Honorable Moment




Publisher's note: This is a reprint of a year long investigation conducted by the Arkansas Department of Education, regarding allegations of discrimination against ethnic Creole Indians within the Pulaski County Special School District aka PCSSD. These allegations involved discrimination by both so-called blacks and whites against Arkansas' ethnic American Creole Indians. Descendants of those that pre-date USA acquisition of 1803 Louisiana Purchase Treaty territories & hold the federal government to their 1803 Treaty commitments, especially after cutting up Creole Land to satisfy the embarrassing end of The War of 1812


The documented allegations include heinous acts committed against American Creole Indian Children encompassing their fellow classmates, Fuller Middle School Academics, school district members like the bigot Mildred Tatum & the Jim Crow controlled Pulaski County Sheriff's Office(proof available upon request).




Why are we bringing this up now, you may ask? Well, because we are coming up to the FIVE year anniversary of this victory by the American Creole Indian Nation, yet have you heard of this Creole victory in your "mainstream news"? Of course not. Yet The Arkansas Department of Education cared enough about it to put the second largest school district in the state on 5 year probation. Um.. UNITARY STATUS, hmmm...




The Arkansas Department of Education was prepared to commit any and all legal resources to protect our tribal members and for that, we are thankful & proud of our partners within state and federal government.


American Creole Indians are proud of our great territory known as Arkansas, in spite of it's ignorant-ass bigot population and those that eugenically claim them.


It is this state, Arkansas, that has acknowledged it's ultimate responsibility to it's ethnic native populations. Many never thought that could be possible- yet, it is, and shall forever remain so.


E. Ean Lee Bordeaux, pro per


Chief Elder, American Creole Indian Nation


Arkansas Dept of Ed's Finding Report on: Pulaski County Special School District Creole Civil Rights Violations


____________________________
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
4 STATE CAPITOL MALL • LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS 72201-1071 • (501)682-4475 • http://arkedu.state.ar.us

Dr. Kenneth James, Commissioner of Education


November 9, 2005

Dr. Robert Clowers, Superintendent
Pulaski Co. Spec. School District
P.O. Box 8601
Little Rock, Arkansas 72216

Dear Dr. Clowers:

The Equity Assistance Center (EAC) within the Arkansas Department of Education has the responsibility of providing technical assistance to school districts to enable them to meet their civil rights and desegregation responsibilities as they relate to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Race and National Origin), Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972 (Gender), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Disability ) and Standard I of the Standards for Accreditation of Arkansas Public Schools. These laws require that programs and activities be operated in a manner to ensure that people that meet the programs’ qualifications and eligibility requirements are given equal educational opportunity to participate regardless of their race, color, national origin, sex or disability.

The EAC offers technical assistance to help Arkansas public school districts achieve voluntary compliance by understanding their legal obligations, and to serve those protected by the laws. As part of our technical assistance activities, the EAC conducts on-site visits, workshops, program reviews, distributes information, guidelines, procedures and materials setting requirements in the area of civil rights and describing the process for compliance determination.

This letter is a follow-up to the complaint filed against the School in the Pulaski County Special School District alleging that the school district violated regulations concerning racial Discrimination, Anti- Bullying and Gang Violence policies.

During the course of our review, we collected data, interviewed personnel, and received information relevant to the matter. Based on the information sent to us by your district and considering the allegations of discrimination on the basis of race, gang violence, and anti-bullying, we are concerned that the allegations against the School and Pulaski County Special School District may be valid regarding discrimination and failing to enforce the Anti-Bullying and Gang Violence policies.

Based on this information, the school district may be in violation of the Student Handbook concerning grievance procedures in the following areas:

• School did not properly conduct a thorough investigation and did not present a final investigative report providing proper documentation

• School did not interview a sufficient number of persons regarding gang activity

• Central Administration and School Administration presented contradicting statements and inconsistencies regarding alleged interviews, concerns of gang activity, and policies being implemented to all students

• Central Administration failed to obtain statements from pertinent faculty and staff to determine what was occurring at the school, more specifically the bus driver

• Central Administration failed to instruct faculty to investigate whether a group of students called CASH (Check All Silly Hoes) was actively harassing students in the school

• School Administrators did not review the disciplinary records of students to determine a pattern of violations to disqualify them from privileged activities such as Office Aid

• A safe environment for learning was not emphasized by the practice of the administrators

• School failed to record serious disciplinary violations on students when students threatened and harassed parents and visitors in the Administration Office

• Incidents were not reported properly when students entered class and threatened students openly in public; and

• Students with conflicts were allowed to continue working as Administrative Office Aids, while administration was aware of confrontations


Based on this information, we recommend that the school district take prompt and effective action, as necessary, to:

1. Remedy the effects of the gang violence and bullying to prevent its occurrence by providing information, training, and awareness to the entire student body that gang association will not be tolerated and the consequences of such actions

2. Provide information and training to the entire staff including bus drivers on specific action to take concerning gang violence and altercations on buses and at bus stops

3. Provide information and training to individual students or the entire student body on Anti-Bullying and Gang violence

4. Conduct in-service training for all School personnel regarding the regulatory requirements of Anti-bullying and gang violence when reported by students, parents, and employees.

5. Follow the written policy/procedure for investigating violations of the district policy regarding Anti-Bullying and gang Violence when reported by students, parents, and employees

6. Conduct training regarding proper implementation of the Student Handbook policies

7. Develop a plan to address all the concerns in our findings to alleviate gang activity

8. Develop a procedure for responding promptly and punctually to requests for reviews from central administration office to properly respond to meet the district’s responsibility to prevent and resolve allegations of racial discrimination, allegations of gang activity, and to carryout policies and procedures that protect all students Civil Rights and address equity as part of the school environment

9. Develop a policy for the central office to meet districts’ responsibility to prevent and resolve allegations of racial discrimination, allegations of gang activity, and failure of the administration to carryout policies and procedures that protect all student civil rights and address equity as part of the school environment

10. School is to develop a five year plan to address all concerns in our finding to alleviate gang activity, bullying and race discrimination: and

11. The plan must be submitted to the Equity Assistance Center within thirty (30) days. An annual update should be submitted regarding implementation of the plan providing data to support evidence that the plan is successful or changes of the plan will address success.

These actions for each of the eleven (11) should include, but not be limited to: disciplinary sanctions, monitoring of the future activities of the harasser, counseling for the affected parties, remedial educational services and reimbursement of out-of-pocket expenses incurred by the victim related to the effects of the bullying and gang violencAdd Imagee.

Should you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me or Mr. Keyth Howard at (501) 682-4213

Respectfully yours,

Oliver Dillingham, Program Manager
Equity Assistance Center


Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Jewish Organizations to co-Sponsor Jewish Boat to Gaza

Jewish Organizations to co-Sponsor Jewish Boat to Gaza


American Jews for a Just Peace – Press Release – 16 June 2010
www.ajjp.org/jewishboat




AJJP to Co-Sponsor Jewish Boat to Gaza

The movement to break the blockade of Gaza is “unstoppable and unsinkable” said Naomi Klein, member of the Advisory Board of the Free Gaza Movement, in a powerful statement at a demonstration in Toronto on May 31.

Building on the momentum and global outrage over the Israeli attack on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla, an international coalition of Jewish organizations working for justice in Palestine will sponsor a Jewish Boat to Gaza this summer, with AJJP as its U.S. coordinator.


AJJP joins the “Jüdische Stimme” (‘Jewish Voice’ for a Just Peace in the Near East and Jews for Justice For Palestinians (UK) in sending the boat as a call to the leaders of the world to help Israel find her way to reason, to a sense of humanity and a life without fear.

The participants on the boat will be chosen by its European organizers. In coordination with the medical, educational and mental health services in Gaza, the boat will take school bags and books, donated by German schoolchildren; musical instruments and art materials to support the Gaza Community Mental Health Program; nets and tackle for fishermen; and essential medicines and small medical equipment for the civilian population under siege. Absolutely no weapons will be on board, and all participants will be trained in the principles of non-violence.


PRINCIPLES of the MISSION
The principles of the mission are as follows:
  1. To protest against and challenge the blockade of Gaza, on the basis that it constitutes an illegal, collective punishment of the whole population. The blockade is a grossly immoral act subjecting the people to subsistence living by denying them basic medical services; reconstruction materials for homes, sewage and fresh water systems; and the ability and right to fish in their own territorial waters. As a result, a horrendous public health crisis and mental health catastrophe is taking place.

  2. To protest against Israel’s continuing occupation and settlement of Palestinian land, and the Israeli government’s self-evident intention of annexing much of that land.

  3. To make clear that the current policies of Israel are not representative of all Jews and that there are thousands of us who wish to say “‘Not in our name.” We uphold the proud Jewish tradition of justice to champion the rights of the downtrodden and to oppose prejudice and racism in all forms. We believe in the teachings of Rabbi Hillel: “That which is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbor. That is the whole Torah.” And we remember the work of Rene Cassin, a French Jew who shortly after the Holocaust, drafted the text which became the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights, which Israel is now guilty of grossly violating.

  4. The current policies towards Gaza are counterproductive. They fuel the anger of Palestinians, their leaders and supporters throughout the Arab and wider world and perpetuate the cycle of violence, generating an aggressive response to Israel which the blockade is intended to counter. We also believe that Israel’s policies are destructive of the soul of its own people and sow fear and hatred; a people that oppresses another can never itself be free.

  5. The aid goods which we will carry on our small boat are necessarily symbolic: we will have small pieces of medical equipment like blood pressure monitors, insulated cool boxes for medicines, antibiotics, sterile needles and dressings at the request of medical authorities. We will be taking school books and equipment donated by German schoolchildren for the children of Gaza; art materials and musical instruments for the young to support the Gaza Community Mental Health Program; and fishing nets and fishing tackle for the fishermen of Gaza.

  6. The strategy is as follows: if, as we expect, the Israeli naval forces intercept us on our way from international waters into the territorial waters of Gaza, we will tell them that if they insist on searching our cargo in order to allow us to continue they may do so under our inspection, and that, on finding no weapons or goods which constitute a threat, they will afford us safe passage to Gaza.If they refuse these conditions, we will state that we do not believe Israel has the right to blockade Gaza. If they command us to divert to Ashdod, we will do so peacefully and on the basis they have offered to previous aid boats, namely to witness their inspection of the cargo and accompany the cargo into Gaza.

  7. We, above all, should have a deep understanding of and reject the oppression of others.
How you can support the mission
The organizers have asked for the following support from Jews and friends around the world:
  1. Sign the petition to President Obama asking him to ensure safe passage for the Jewish Boat to Gaza.
  2. Spread the word to your friends, allies and supporters to draw attention to the campaign.
  3. Donate to the Jewish Boat to Gaza.
The moral imperative to end the siege of Gaza is absolute. When governments fail to act, ordinary people must organize to intervene.


Also: German Jews ‘inundated’ with requests to join new Gaza aid flotilla
The complete IOA coverage of the Gaza Flotilla

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Baptist Hospital's president Russ Harrington SUCKS?

Subject:
Hmm, I think you should do a 'corruption sucks' piece on Baptist Hospital's president Russ Harrington getting a $400,000 raise the other day, which brings his annual salary up to $900,000 a f*cking year, but at the same time, they cut off all employee raises for the past year. They just reinstated them, but virtually no one will be eligible for a raise until next year. 
How convenient that they freeze all raises & as soon as they reinstate them, he gets a near half a million dollar raise? WTF? But they don't have the money/budget to hire new employees so they're short staffed and that of course interferes with patient care. They should have used the money for his fat raise to buy a new CRRT machine, because we only have like 4-5 and 2 are broken, and all the others are being used by other patients. What if another patient needs one? Send them to another hospital? It's f*cked up.
I think you spoke-up well enough on your own reader.
E Pluribus Unum

Brothers and Sisters of Little Rock Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge 17...

'It's on' — school board prez and 'union' leader: a Creole Response

 Publishers Note:

The blog mentioned in this article is called "Parents for PACT" It should be labeled "Idiot's for an association that doesn't give a shit about parents unless they have too". It's not a true fraternal union idiot's, it's an association, that's why you have such little influence.  

 

Read this PCSSD fraud watch blog archive, it's all here. Ms. Nix remained silent from 2003-2005 while her corrupt racist teacher's BOTH black and white, were protected by her sneaky ass & PCSSD working together. You reap what you sow weak-ass leader, so do you teachers who silently stood by while your co-workers put out "hits" on Creole Indian children by way of criminal gang members puppeteered by those very same adults!  Shame on you, no having a union, losers.

 

Read what the Arkansas Department of Education had to say about our State of Arkansas supported complaints.  Nix is getting what comes to her ineffective ass and so are the idiot teachers and parents who supported the group of Creole hating bigots among them and protected by them.  

 

The corrupt PCSSD board always knew that Ms. Nix was a weak and pliable leader, now they are simply acting upon what they already knew for years. NOW they want to start a laughable online war?  Give me a break.  Ms. Nix has had an outdated B.S. website since our war with her corrupt teachers in 2003.  

 

She had her chance ALL of these years to develop it and maintain an online relationship with everyone involved.  NOW they see the value?  Too little too late, we don't give a shit now, neither do all of the other parents that we are assisting in leaving this corrupt and racist district of redneck Jim Crow clowns & their ass kissin' whip holdin' black bo-bo's.

 

You all should have given a damn, before most of the good parents left your district. You were the second largest at the time you (PCSSD) got your ass whooped by us Creole Indian parents.  

 

Now, you can all go screw yourselves.  Fight your own war with your weak-ass leader.  Creoles don't & didn't take that crap from PCSSD and got them put on 5 years probation, due to expire this October. They threw everything they had at us both legal and illegal and we still prevailed, completely on our own accord with the assistance of the EAC division of the Arkansas department of Education and of Senator Mark Pryor's office, Thanks Mark! 

 

Screw you Ms. Nix and PCSSD, you loser's deserve each other. The end result of all of this?  Even more good parents AND their money exodus to more deserving school districts.  Parents, if you TRULY care about your children, get them the hell out of that evil cesspool called the PCSSD, Pulaski County School District.  No love lost folks, for good reason.

-An American Creole Indian Perspective

 

'It's on' — school board prez and union leader

Posted by Max Brantley on Thu, Jun 10, 2010 at 4:58 PM: on Arkansas Blog


The deteriorating relations between the four-member controlling bloc of the Pulaski County School Board and the teachers union, which the majority wants to oust, is getting poisonous.

Evidence: A new blog detailing some of the goings on.
The lastest post contains a letter from union president Marty Nix to Board president Tim Clark, who had Nix removed from a School Board meeting Tuesday night.
Dear Mr. Clark: I have been given the message that you sent to me; however, your message of “It’s on!” does not appear to be a message that one adult would convey to another unless the context in which you use it has changed over the months. I remember you saying those exact words to Mrs. Tatum after she refused to do what you wanted her to do and that was to vote to fire Mr. Sharpe. I believe that, not long after you said that to her, you and Mr. Wood had Mrs. Tatum recalled as Board President. I can only assume that, by having that same message delivered to me, you plan to do something similar in nature to me; and, while I do not understand why you continue to behave in such a childish manner, I will keep my guard up and continue to do everything in my power to keep this on a professional level.
It goes on.
Clark said: "There's not a word of truth in anything that woman wrote." He said he was frustrated that some of the loudest critics of the school board have said slanderous things about several board members but, as public officials, they had little recourse. He wrote more later:

Every time this woman opens her mouth, it proves to the public what we, the district, have been dealing with for the past two years. Unfortunately, this is her normal mode of operation. She has attacked the other three that voted against the union and it's simply my turn now. The entire letter is full of lies and her hope is that I'll respond to it. Quite frankly, I thought it was comical at first glance. ...once again, a poor attempt to take my attention away from what's truly important - to provide the students of our district a world class education.
The content of her letter is outdated. She has used most all of this against me in the past and the news outlets have chosen to ignore it. If you notice, every time she attacks me, we get a new or different version of each allegation. The "straw that broke the camel's back" for me was when I went to Russia with my sister to adopt her infant son. It was a joyous occasion! I returned home to find that people were being told that I was the newest member of the Russian Mafia! Of everything that I've heard thus far, this one takes the cake!
Union members are dropping out like flies and most do not agree with Ms. Nix's union 101 tactics. She is running scared and knows that very soon she will have to return to the classroom.
The sad part is, she can and will, most likely, continue this type of behavior. The bottom line is this solidifies my previous actions and beliefs when it comes to her organization. I will not change my mind or vote!

Pulaski County Special School District allegedly mishandled federal funds for Hurricane Katrina and Rita victims

State legislators blasted the Pulaski County Special School District board and administrators Friday morning, after the Division of Legislative Audit releases the results of a year-long investigation.

"It's time Pulaski County Special School District got taken over if this is the kind of foolishness going on down there," State Sen. Kim Hendren said in the DLA meeting Friday morning.

Last year, KARK 4 reported first about how the district overpaid outgoing superintendent James Sharpe by about $80,000.  Shortly after, the board unanimously voted to launch the audit. 

Sharpe returned the money but then acting superintendent Rob McGill requested district personnel double check his compensation and auditors discovered Sharpe was overpaid $17,203 during his tenure. The district is now pursuing legal action to recoup the funds.

Auditors also discovered Sharpe was paid $7,836 worth of unallowable expenses, which is due back to the district.  These expenses include duplicate charges, meals and conference registration for family members, gratuities and alcoholic beverages.

Investigators examined the financial records from March 2004 through Feb. 19, 2010.  The report has been Pulaski County Special School District.

Past and present school board members were also found to have received unallowed or questionable expenses and several may still have to pay the district back.  Auditors report Mildred Tatum could owe up to $2,788 and Gwen Williams could owe $619.  Past board member Pam Roberts could have to pay up $270.

Several sources say Tatum was the board member who went and saw "The Color Purple" on Broadway on the taxpayers' dime.  Sources say she's also the board member who charged $320 for a two night stay at the Peabody Hotel in Little Rock, though Tatum is a resident of the county.

Auditor Kim Williams told legislators there was a conference there at the time, but as a resident, Tatum could not be reimbursed for that expense.

Tatum wrote that she was "always accessible" to the superintendent for him to review any "questionable" expenses.  She noted in her 27 years as a board member, that had not happened.

Other board members have already paid the district back:  Charlie Wood paid $36 and Danny Gililland paid $149.  Board member Bill Vasquez has not accepted any travel reimbursements in his tenure.  He explained to KARK that he would not accept taxpayer money for travel while the schools in his zone are in disrepair.

The audit also uncovered two employees who allegedly stole a combined total of hundreds of thousands of dollars.

James Diemer pleaded guilty to stealing $439,745.  In a five year period, auditors discovered he purchased 223 tool kits, generators, radios and dozens of other items.  Williams said Diemer would buy them in small amounts and would sign off on the invoices, knowing that no one would double check his invoices.  He will be sentenced in federal court in June.

Rosalind Taylor, who worked for the district as a bookkeeper for less than a year, was arrested in March after more than $31,000 disappeared from the Jacksonville High School activity fund in a five month period.  She's on administrative leave without pay.

PCSSD also allegedly mishandled federal funds designated for Hurricane Katrina and Rita victims.   They were purchased by a high school home school counselor and approved by Brenda Bowles, the assistant superintendent for equity and pupil services.  The purchases included $311 worth of women's undergarments from Dillard's, $464 worth of athletic apparel at Lady Foot Locker and $194 at Finish Line for two pairs of Air Jordan shoes.

The report also states the district paid a communications vendor $320,301, without a bid or a contract.  The report also found questionable overtime practices for maintenance workers, to the tune of $193, 279.

KARK 4 also reported last summer that the district fired a lawn service company for not keeping up the grounds as they should have been.  Records show that company was overpaid by approximately $40,000.

Auditors also found other issues within the district: upper management being out of the office without cause, board members receiving goods and services from the district and personnel for matters not related to the district, careless measures over the food warehouse, and district equipment checked out for personal use.

They also found that bid laws were not followed, a lack of monitoring to ensure policies and procedure were adhered to, travel and purchasing policies were not followed, and administrative staff and the board did not exercise proper fiscal oversight responsibility or provide safeguards to prevent and detect misappropriation of funds.

Acting Superintendent Rob McGill says the district is not perfect, but said they are "100 percent" better now than a year ago.  He said new policies are in place and procedures are being followed.  Incoming Superintendent Dr. Charles Hopson was grilled by legislators, but he promised he was in it "for the long haul" and intended to recoup any money owed to the district.

Honor Natalee Holloway: Boycott Aruba

Honor Natalee Holloway: Boycott Aruba

Honor Natalee Holloway: Boycott Aruba Now that police in Peru say Dutchman Joran van der Sloot has confessed to killing a young woman in his hotel room, the father of Natalee Holloway says he should tell everything he knows about the Alabama teen who went missing in Aruba in 2005.

...ARUBA HAS BLOCKED ALL AMERICAN EFFORTS TO BRING OUR COMPATRIOT, NATALEE, HOME- BOYCOTT ARUBA, THEY HAD THEIR CHANCE.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Little Rock Police Defered Pay Raises In January-Solution Around the Corner?

           What Ever Happened With This? 
I find it amazing, and yet not surprising, that every time we go into a bad economy essential services 
(police & fire) are the first ones to take the hit. It never seems to affect any government bureaucracy 
or pet social program - from the execs to the secretaries and support personnel. This is done on 
purpose, to increase your angst so you'll accept more government solutions.  
And it makes me mad as hell. -Citizen of Little Rock

Publisher's note:  
I heard that 'ol prez Gilchrist broke the fraternal tradition of "returning" 
the symbolic $5,000 payment, by keepin' 'dem duckets.  Not only 
did he "break the cycle of humble servitude, a la pro bono, he want's it 
increased to $13,000 so he can NOT give that back too.  
Way to go there Johnnie boy, hell, If I had to hold-hands with a buncha cryin' 
ass police, I would want more money too!

Little Rock Police Defer Pay Raises
   posted 10:09 pm Fri January 01, 2010 - Little Rock
   reporter: Roger Susanin      posted by: Evan Hoffmeyer
from Channel 7 - http://www.katv.com/news/stories/0110/692146.html

The Little Rock Fraternal Order of Police is deferring their contract-guaranteed 4% raise.

After the difficulty Little Rock officials had passing their 2010 budget, the officer union's
executive board voted 4-1 Thursday night to delay their cost of living increase until July.

Lodge #17 President John Gilchrist says his officers are willing to make sacrifices during
troubled times.  Now he hopes the city will make a good-faith effort to negotiate until an
agreement satisfying to all sides is reached.


(John Gilchrist, President, LRPD Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #17)























"Obviously, as police officers, we are trained to negotiate before we go into 
an escalating situation.  This is just another one of those instances....The members 
of this organization have shown why they are called Little Rock's finest."


Gilchrist says the move is part sacrifice, part logic.  City Manager Bruce Moore first asked
the union to give up their raise in October 2009.  Gilchrist says that would have been 
unacceptable.


(John Gilchrist, President, LRPD Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #17)























"We feel we have a binding contract with the City of Little Rock.  It was violated, 
or would have been violated had we not come to this conclusion."


Gilchrist says by deferring the raise, officers are helping the city save money, and
giving city officials time to hammer out an agreement with the union.


(John Gilchrist, President, LRPD Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #17)























"We're gonna have to think outside of the box.  We're gonna have to think 
of possible alternatives in order to find an equitable solution."


Gilchrist says if no agreement is reached, the union may sue the city for breach of contract...


Publisher's Note:


A SUGGESTION: Good 'Ol Fashioned Picket The Old Fogies @ Their Next City 
Of Little Rock Board Meeting!  


Hell, it works for us Creoles, 'cus they sho' be hatin' to see a bunch of us 
mixed-blooded Indians marching in dat meetin' with a bunch of signs in our 
disenchanted hands singing freedom songs!


You know, with picket signs that read: GIVETH'S US FREE!!
-Amistad 1997(the movie) 
The film's protagonist, Sengbe Pieh, most known by his Spanish name, "Cinqué.


OR:    Pa gen jistis, pa gen lapè: 
NO JUSTICE, NO PEACE
-Kreyòl

BTW, what the hell is this? Little Rock Police Department Lawsuit
















Thursday, June 10, 2010

BP accused of 'lack of integrity' by US House speaker

BP accused of 'lack of integrity' by US House speaker


An aerial view of the work to recover oil from the Deepwater 
accident site, 9 June 
BP is working to contain the spill having failed to plug the leak


US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has accused BP of a "lack of integrity" when making its case for deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.

US President Barack Obama has met relatives of the 11 workers killed in the explosion on the BP oil platform in the Gulf.

BP shares in the UK have fallen to their lowest level since 1997 amid fears of huge US penalties.
The US attorney general said America would "not pay a dime" for cleaning up.

BP would be held responsible for all damages, Eric Holder said.

In another development, the Obama administration said BP had agreed to quickly meet the compensation claims of businesses and individuals whose livelihoods had been disrupted by the spill.

Amid concerns in the UK over what some have described as growing anti-British rhetoric, the US state department insisted relations with America's "closest ally" would not be hurt by the oil spill.

Mr Obama has himself come under mounting political pressure over his handling of the crisis.
Oil has been leaking into the Gulf since the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded on 20 April and sank off the coast of the US state of Louisiana, killing the 11 workers. 'Not a dime'

"It is clear that there was a lack of integrity on the part of BP when it came to what it told us about the adequacy of their technology, the sufficiency of blow-out prevention and the capacity to clean up," Speaker Pelosi said.

MARDELL'S AMERICA

Mark Mardell
The fact that Mr Hayward is not American has probably made him all the more irritating to his US audience
Mark Mardell BBC North America editor Read Mark's thoughts in full

Addressing reporters at the White House, she agreed with calls for BP to suspend its dividend to ensure that compensation is paid to Gulf oil spill victims.

Mr Obama said he and congressional leaders had agreed that they should look at how to update US law to ensure victims of the Gulf oil spill were protected.

Pollution legislation was written before the industry had developed ultra-deep water exploration and ought be brought up to date to ensure the people of the Gulf "are made whole", he added.

Mr Obama met families of those killed in disaster at the White House on Thursday.

A man whose son was among the dead said the president had told the families he would not forget about them. Keith Jones, a lawyer from Louisiana, described the meeting as a "very positive experience".

Mr Jones said Mr Obama had played with his four-week-old grandson, whose father Gordon was an engineer on the oil rig.
Barack Obama (right) in talks with congressional leaders including
 Nancy Pelosi, 10 June 
Mr Obama met Nancy Pelosi and other congressional leaders

Amid growing public anger in the US, Mr Obama is keen to show he is on top of the situation and will make his fourth visit to the region on Monday.

His administration has been steadily applying more pressure on BP, and the US justice department is considering legal action to make sure BP has enough funds to cover the damage and compensate those affected by the slick.

"I can make this pledge to the American people - that the American people will not pay a dime for the clean-up of the Gulf region and that BP will be held responsible for all the damages that have occurred," Mr Holder told reporters in Washington.

"We will take the necessary steps to make sure that that occurs."

Tracy Wareing, an official at the US National Incident Command office, said an understanding on expediting the payment of claims had been reached at a meeting with BP executives including CEO Tony Hayward.

Administration officials had raised a "pressing concern" about the time BP was taking to provide relief payments, particularly to businesses in the stricken area, she added.
Shares fall

BP says a containment cap system placed on the blown-out well last week collected 15,800 barrels of oil on Wednesday - slightly up on the 15,010 barrels collected in the previous 24-hour period.

The company has come under increasingly sharp attack by some US politicians for its handling of the spill, described as the worst environmental disaster the US has faced.
S
hares in the British oil giant have nearly halved over the last couple of months.
The UK government on Thursday sought to play down fears expressed by some senior political and diplomatic figures of "anti-British rhetoric" in the US.

Prime Minister David Cameron, who will discuss BP with President Obama this week, said he understood the US government's "frustration".

US state department spokesman PJ Crowley said the spill was a matter between the US and BP, not the UK.

"BP is a private company and this is about the impact of a tragedy in terms of the explosion of the oil platform and the resulting oil spill," he told reporters.

"This is not about relations between the United States and its closest ally."

Van Der Sloot's Attorney Resigns

Posted: 5:04 AM Jun 15, 2010
Van Der Sloot's Attorney Resigns 
Peruvian attorney has resigned from defending the murder suspect Joran Van Der Sloot.
 
Maximo Altez Navarro says he didn't want to be Van Der Sloot's attorney anymore due to the problems the case has created for him.

Prison authorities say Van Der Sloot was transferred to Peru's Castro Castro Prison yesterday awaiting a psychological evaluation.

New transcripts from Peruvian authorities reveal Van Der Sloot elbowed victim Stephany Flores in the face before strangling then suffocating her with his own shirt.

Police: They’re Just Doing Their Jobs





 
 
Posted on 10 June 2010 by Adam Mueller


All to often I hear a supporter of police or an actual cop say, “I’m just doing my job.”  Well for the past week I’ve been in Keene, NH along with Pete and Dr. Q, both are Cop Block contributors,  and while out in the beautiful downtown area have taken some video of the Keene Police.
 
After reviewing the footage we captured I decided to make this short video about Cops doing their jobs.  As seen in the video above we’ve captured footage of cops wasting tax dollars, generating revenue with victimless crimes and threatening business owners for rowdy customers.  In a weeks time I didn’t witness or hear one person state they needed, liked or asked the police to show up.  Not once?  In two of the three covered police encounters people actually thanked us for filming or shouted back at the police.
 
You can’t help but wonder, why?  Why are these cops, or gang members, allowed to take our money?  When I, or anyone I talked with in Keene, doesn’t want to pay them to block roads, harass peaceful people or to threaten business owners?  They spend money irresponsibly, abuse people’s natural rights and are an institution based off the use of force.
 
Keep doing your job guys, I look forward to the day that leads to the end of your jobs.
 

Adam Mueller is a former member of the Motorhome Diaries.com and founder of Cop Block.org. He's an advocate for a voluntary society, one where people are free to live their lives so long as they don't initiate force on others.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Developing News: UN just approved strict sanctions against Iran.

Breaking News: UN just approved new stricter rounds of sanctions against nuclear ambitious Iran.
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UNITED NATIONS, June 9 -- A divided U.N. Security Council on Wednesday imposed a fourth round of financial and commercial sanctions on Iran's military establishment, bringing to a close more than six months of diplomatic efforts by the Obama administration to penalize Tehran for building a covert nuclear facility and accelerating its enrichment of uranium.

The 15-member council adopted its fourth sanctions resolution on Iran in four years by a vote of 12-2. Brazil and Turkey voted against the resolution, citing concerns that the council had not exhausted diplomatic efforts to resolve its standoff with Iran. Lebanon abstained.

The Obama administration succeeded in securing support for sanctions from the council's major powers, including China and Russia, by ensuring that the measure would not impair their ability to trade with Iran. But the four-year-long campaign faced new challenges from regional powerhouses Brazil and Turkey, which have used the Iran crisis to assert their role on the diplomatic stage.

The 10-page resolution would modestly reinforce a range of economic, high-technology and military sanctions against Iran and target the head of the of Iranian atomic energy agency, Javad Rahiqi, and 40 entities linked to the nation's military elite, including the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, with a travel ban and an asset freeze. Iran has repeatedly rebuffed calls to halt its uranium-enrichment program; Iranian leaders say their efforts are entirely peaceful, but the United States and others say Iran is set on building a bomb.

The resolution falls short of the "crippling sanctions" U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton pledged to impose on Iran a year ago. But U.S. officials hailed today's vote as a show of international resolve in the face of Iran's continued defiance of Security Council resolutions demanding it suspend its uranium-enrichment program and fully cooperate...rest of story

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Activist Buys Police Department's Web Domain

Brian McCrary just bought a website to complain about a $90 speeding ticket he received from the Bluff City PD — the Bluff City Police Department site. The department let its domain expire and McCrary was quick to pick it up. From the article: "Brian McCrary found the perfect venue to gripe about a $90 speeding ticket when he went to the Bluff City Police Department's website, saw that its domain name was about to expire, and bought it right out from under the city's nose. Now that McCrary is the proud owner of the site, bluffcitypd.com, the Gray, Tenn., computer network designer has been using it to post links about speed cameras — like the one on U.S. Highway 11E that caught him — and how people don't like them."

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