Saturday, January 14, 2012
A man whose bid to become a police officer was rejected after he scored too high on an intelligence test has lost an appeal in his federal lawsuit against the city.
The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York upheld a lower court’s decision that the city did not discriminate against Robert Jordan because the same standards were applied to everyone who took the test.
“This kind of puts an official face on discrimination in America against people of a certain class,” Jordan said today from his Waterford home. “I maintain you have no more control over your basic intelligence than your eye color or your gender or anything else.”
He said he does not plan to take any further legal action.
Jordan, a 49-year-old college graduate, took the exam in 1996 and scored 33 points, the equivalent of an IQ of 125. But New London police interviewed only candidates who scored 20 to 27, on the theory that those who scored too high could get bored with police work and leave soon after undergoing costly training.
Most Cops Just Above Normal The average score nationally for police officers is 21 to 22, the equivalent of an IQ of 104, or just a little above average.
Pepsi Beverages Co. will pay $3.1 million to settle federal charges of race discrimination for using criminal background checks to screen out job applicants — even if they weren’t convicted of a crime.
The settlement announced Wednesday with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is part of a national government crackdown on hiring policies that can hurt blacks and Hispanics.
EEOC officials said the company’s policy of not hiring workers with arrest records disproportionately excluded more than 300 black applicants. The policy barred applicants who had been arrested, but not convicted of a crime, and denied employment to others who were convicted of minor offenses.
Using arrest and conviction records to deny employment can be illegal if it’s irrelevant for the job, according to the EEOC, which enforces the nation’s employment discrimination laws. The agency says such blanket policies can limit job opportunities for minorities with higher arrest and conviction rates than whites.
(And? Mind boggling.)
Friday’s Wall Street Journal contained an article aptly entitled Contempt For The Constitution, in which they point out the inconsistent, if convenient, (to them) interpretations given to the nation’s founding document by the Obama administration’s Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel on Thursday.
There are numerous occasions where the administration is pleased to use the lack of a quorum in the Senate to push through its agenda, by taking advantage of the fact that the Senate often conducts business in pro forma sessions where much of the chamber is absent. In fact, the recent payroll tax holiday signed into law by the President was conducted under just such a scenario.
The WSJ editorial points out the weakness of Assistant Attorney General Virginia Seitz’s argument in suggesting that such pro forma sessions aren’t technically sessions. (From the journal editorial) In her 23 page opinion, she states that
… As “a practical matter,” in those sessions the Senate isn’t capable of receiving and acting on nominations to the executive branch and therefore cannot exercise its advice and consent duties. Ms. Seitz points in particular to a Senate “standing order”—the rules of order it adopts to govern its procedures—that no business would be transacted during the pro forma sessions. If the Senate itself says it can’t conduct business, she says, then the President can conclude it isn’t really in session.
Aside from the inherent weakness of her argument and “reasoning,” the journal identifies the bigger issue – a government by fiat, rather than by rule of law.
The practical effect of Ms. Seitz’s legal logic is that the President could make a recess appointment when the Senate adjourns for the day, or for lunch. He could also decide that the Senate isn’t functioning to his liking—for instance, by dragging its feet on his nominations—and recess appoint nominees even when the Senate is conducting other business.
This year, with a strong 23.3% showing and second place in New Hampshire Primary and 21.4% in the Iowa Caucus, the Republican/Libertarian from Texas is proving to be the Second Coming of the Little Engine That could.
Beer drinkers rejoice: Your favorite brew may be healthier than you think.
For years, wine drinkers have indulged without guilt, reveling in the news that red wine can help protect against heart disease. Recent research shows that beer can also be good for what ails you, from reducing risk for broken bones to helping warding off diabetes and mental decline. It can even increase longevity, a large study suggests.
However, the key to tapping into beer’s benefits is moderation, meaning just one 12-ounce beer per day for women and two for men. Heavy drinking ups the threat of liver damage, some cancers, and heart problems. Bingeing on brewskis can also make you fat, since a 12-ounce regular beer has about 150 calories, while light beer has about 100.
Here are 10 surprising—and healthy—reasons to cheer about your next beer.
The Marxist left/liberals have now completed their Long March Through the Institutions. They claim the varied lunatic policies they enacted were for the benefit of society, but can this really be the case? When viewed through the prism of reality, much of socialism’s ideology appears to have one aim and one aim only: the total destruction of society. This is not an overreaction by any means — if societal destruction was your bag, would you not carry out the following?
A hearing has been set for January 26, 2012 for the purpose of hearing the complaint of David Weldon, a citizen living in Georgia, where he questioned the Constitutionality of President Obama being allowed on the Georgia presidential ballot.
The hearing here in Atlanta will be on January 26th at 9 am. Since this is a public hearing, the public can attend. The location is the Justice Center Building, 160 Pryor St, Atlanta, GA – Courtroom G40 on the ground floor.On January 3, 2012, Judge Malihi denied the request from Mr. Obama’s attorneys to dismiss the case accusing him of not being qualified to be on the ballot; and therefore, ineligible to run for President this year in Georgia. They contend that since both of his parents were not citizens, that makes him ineligible.
The Raleigh News & Observer recently reported this story on two competing websites commemorating the War Between the States in North Carolina:The privately-funded North Carolina War Between the States Sesquicentennial, and the NC Archives & History-produced site North Carolina Civil War Sesquicentennial.
I have been following the discussion regarding the two website commemorations, and saw on author Michael Hardy’s blog his comment about the makeup NC Department of Archives & History’s sesquicentennial team. He is right to question this – it is all state employees and contrary to a recent Raleigh News & Observer article about it being inclusive, it seems to include only state employees. Even the academic board is state employees, if they work for the state university system. I have always been a strong supporter of Archives and History and the artifacts and documents in their care, but this is a glaring question about the professional integrity of a state agency supported by tax dollars.
What bothers me is that the N&O article dismisses the people behind the competing “War Between the States” website (www.ncwbts150.com) as amateur historians, and it looks like their commission is made up of private citizens (they claim to be privately-funded) from across the state – I dare say they are the ones paying the salaries of the state employees who ridicule their view of history. I would also argue that inclusion also means including all views, not just the private views of state employees.
What say you?Walthazy
The National Federation of Independent Business and the National Right to Work Foundation argue Obama cannot legally bypass the Senate to appoint three new members of the National Labor Relations Board, an agency that referees labor-management disputes.
The groups made the argument in a motion in federal district court in Washington, D.C., as part of an ongoing lawsuit against the labor board for requiring businesses to put up posters telling workers about their right to form a union.
Here's a little tip that helped me. Www.vitacost.com sells a Vitamin B complex called "Ultra B Stress Formula." It's formulated almost identically to their other B complex, but doesn’t work the same way. It will have you dancing on the roof tree. I take three of them throughout the day, but don't take my advice. I'm only a natural born fool from Tennessee. I only know what works for me. Might make your nose fall off.
This little diagram here shows what is going on in the conservative media and who's funding who.
Here's some supporting links:
Mitt Romney, Bain Capital, and Clear Channel
What do ya wanna bet that Rush's huge drop in ratings over the last year has really smoked his ham?
Follow the money, children, and you will always find what is really going on.