Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Massachusetts Job Growth, 2003 to current.

Willard Mitt Romney was in office from 2003 through 2007. What was so special about his Governorship with Bush as President as compared to Patrick and President Obama as President?

Massachusetts Employment Changes (graph above - click here)

The charts below shows the monthly job growth for Massachusetts as measured by the CES and CPS surveys. To illustrate the trend, the 3 month moving average change in employment is shown in green.

Current Population Survey (CPS) - US Census conducts this.

Current Employment Statistics (CES) - Bureau of Labor Statistics records this.

Time to read more of The American Job Act.

Strong Leadership - He just isn't what his ads say he is. He is the man of half-truths.

Romney is dishonest. He is untrustworthy for an electorate. He is deceiving. And he has had election success in dealing in half truths.

Seeking Taxes, Romney Went After Business (click here)

Stand by your man.

I don't have a lot of faith in setting bail for George Zimmerman. The couple has funds and if they believe there is nothing to lose by leaving the country, they would have the means to do so. Her bail was $1000 and she made it, age twenty-five with a record now. I just can't see how a husband would allow this to occur. He allowed her lie for him, while compounding all that by lying himself. He never put dignity or her innocence before his involvement? There are character issues with both George and his spouse Shellie.

The Associated Press

June 12, 2012
 1:49 p.m.

ORLANDO, Fla. — Authorities say the wife of Trayvon Martin's shooter faces one count of perjury on an accusation that she lied to a judge about their finances during his bond hearing.
An order issued Tuesday by assistant state attorney John Guy charged Shellie Zimmerman with knowingly making false statements during the April hearing. George Zimmerman has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder in the shooting. He was granted $150,000 bond at that hearing and released.

The judge revoked that bond earlier this month after state attorneys argued that Zimmerman and his wife had lied to the judge about their finances, especially about money raised from a website. 
George Zimmerman is back in jail. 

Why was the label ripped off the iced tea can? I guess that is just the can. It looked as though a section of label was removed.

Trayvon Martin's cell phone below.

I am no detective, but, this is the shell casing?

The leaf shows where it was found in both pictures immediately above and below. Where was the struggle, I would think it was obvious. I mean the leaf is laying there after it fell off the tree. It wasn't much of a struggle.

Romney on bus tour through rural towns he didn't consider significant during primaries.

By Kasie Hunt, The Associated Press / June 11, 2012
Keeping his secrets, Mitt Romney tends to lift the veil on his finances and campaign only if the law says he must.

The Republican presidential candidate refuses to identify his biggest donors who "bundle" money for his campaign. He often declines to say who's meeting with him or what he's doing for hours at a time. He puts limits on media access to his fundraisers. And he resists releasing all of his tax returns, making just a single year public after facing pressure to do so.
"We've released all the information required by law and then some," Romney said last month about his tax returns.
He's indicated that part of the reason for his secrecy is to avoid political problems in his race against President Barack Obama.
He has said of his election foe: "He's going to try and make this campaign about the fact that I've been successful, that I've made a lot of money. So he wants to be able to get all the details on each year and how much money I made this year and that year. I'm not going to get into that."...
Political problems like the Koch Brothers? The Brothers that are purchasing the country? Those political problems?

Romney Campaign Memo: The Koch Brothers Are The ‘Financial Engine Of The Tea Party’ (click here)

By Lee Fang on Nov 3, 2011 at 3:10 pm
Tomorrow, billionaire David Koch and presidential candidate Mitt Romney are set to speak at the a Tea Party conference financed by the same Koch brother’s fortune. The Defending the Dream Summit, a conference funded by Koch and sponsored by his Americans for Prosperity group, is a yearly event where Republican politicians come to praise the Koch brothers and their political network. For instance, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), as he was seeking the Republican nomination, paid tribute to the Koch’s political network at the same event in 2007....

Romney would fire teachers, too (click here)

Romney to fight firefighters with firings: The Romney campaign has refused to “provide any clarification on the record of what else Romney might have meant to say” when he criticized President Obama for wanting to hire more firefighters, other than that he wants to fire some, despite being “asked repeatedly for elaboration” by reporters.
When the campaign has spoken on the record, it has suggested that Romney would indeed seek to lower the number of firefighters, as top surrogate John Sununu did on MSNBC yesterday.
Teachers too: Rival-turned-surrogate Newt Gingrich said last night on CNN that Romney would go after teachers too. “Does that mean there will be fewer teachers? The honest answer is yes,” he said. Romney has previously suggested bigger class sizes would be an acceptable way to cut education spending....

To privatize the educational system in the USA using a voucher system will mean the public system will stop to exist and eventually will no longer be 'vouchered,' but, only tuition. It will return to Revolutionary War USA and the private educational system exampled by The Pinkerton Academy.

I had believed children were being used as human shields.

I also believe the evidence in regard to ethnic cleansing is substantial enough. If I may?

Syria crisis: UN says children used as human shields - live updates (click here)

• UN reports highlights abuse of children in Syria
• Observers alarmed about escalating violence
• Footage shows rebel leader watching troops fire RPGs 
Tuesday 12 June 2012 07.14 EDT
The clip shows Colonel Qassim Saadeddine (in the green camouflage) who last month defied the Turkey-based leader of the FSA by issuing the Assad regime with a 48-hour deadline to abide by the ceasefire. Since that deadline elapsed on 1 June, the FSA has stepped up its attacks on government forces.
11.44am: Kofi Annan is pushing ahead with plans to set up an international contact on Syria, despite objections from the US and UK about the idea of involving Iran in such a group.
AFP quotes Annan's spokesman as saying:
We hope that this contact group meeting will take place soon. The objective of creating this group is to give teeth to the [six point peace] plan, is to convince the parties to implement the plan in its entirety - it's not to create a new plan.
Last week Annan suggested that the group would include the five permanent members of the UN Security Council as well as Iran, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and others. But the US and its western partners firmly oppose membership for Iran, a close Syrian ally....

This is a map naming the Syrian cities currently involved in the violence, Hama, Homs and Damascus. I believe the rebels in Damascus are taking on the a similar approach as the Libyan rebels did in taking the capital city there. The rebels may succeed. I believe the Assad regime, including the military is in disarray. As an example, when UN inspectors went to assess the recent location of the killings of women and children, they were confronted by what appeared to be a death squad. That cluster of armed resistance may have been a troop of the Syrian military no longer able to act in a cohesive manner so much as offensive and defensive in a location where they were cut off by rebels. That thought has to be at least entertained in coming to conclusions regarding the violence. The authority currently in Syria, I believe, may be more local and less decentralized than anyone might expect. Syrian sovereignty may already be disintegrating. 

But, Homs has one of the densest populations in Syria, more dense than even Damascus. If I were a dictator and wanted to eliminate my dearest enemy why not justify it by saying the 'terrorists' are from Homs. It would solve a great deal of problems for justifying the killing.

The map to the left is religious distribution of populations in Syria. Homs being the most densely populated is also Sunni Muslim. 

Bashar Assad is a member of the Ba'ath Party and is Alawite Shia Islam. Assad and Iran have a lot in common in their religious affiliations and there has been at least rumors that Iran is an active merchant of the Syrian military.

It just seems to me if I were Assad and receiving protests about a dynasty the family has held for a long time and I wanted to scapegoat 'terrorist rebels,' Homs would be more than inviting to that 'theme.'

A series of devastating explosions (click here) rocks the Syrian city of Homs in an image taken from amateur video. (Bambuser/Homslive, Associated Press / June 11, 2012)

Is Mayor Rahm Emanuel ending the gang violence while Chicago education is tops record graduation rates.

Jeremiah Trask, 5, who lost an uncle to violence, takes part in an anti-violence protest outside St. Sabina church.

Police authorize overtime to help curb rising violence (click here)

By Jeremy Gorner, David Heinzmann and Peter Nickeas, Chicago Tribune reporters
June 12, 2012
With homicides soaring so far this year and another bloody weekend in the books, Chicago police intend to announce at roll calls that overtime will be paid to officers working their days off beginning this weekend, according to a department-issued memo obtained by the Tribune.

The communication from First Deputy Superintendent Alfonza Wysinger makes clear that the initiative is targeted at curbing the growing violence. It comes at a time when the city is struggling with budget woes....

When gangs fracture there can be a spike in violence while members seek to re-establish their own authority, compete and create new gangs. If Chicago's finest are making an impact on gang violence, they will attempt to reorganize to shed the knowledge currently at play by authorities.

Gang organizers ain't completely stupid, they know how the streets work and will seek to harness power. Chicago is correct to increase police presence while protesters call for cessation of violence.

The police need to ask what has changed for gangs in the way of resources lately, less drugs on the street, a crack down on prostitution, what has changed over the past few months to cause stress on the street with the gangs. A review of those arrested within six to eight months of the latest violence might provide a clue. If the gangs feel threatened they will become scared and look to change their leadership, too. I wish the city of Chicago great success in ending the violence and bringing down the gangs.

Fractured gangs blamed for Chicago homicide surge (click here)


CHICAGO — There are many theories about what has caused a recent spike in Chicago's homicide rate, including a splintering of established drug gangs, the warm winter and high unemployment in some neighborhoods that seem a world away from the city's beaches, lush parks and skyscrapers....

I question if the 'good weather' as a reason for increased violence. If that were the case there would be increases in violence across an entire year when good weather occurred. It isn't the weather, come on now. 

8Shot Dead in Chicago, 40 Injured for Second Weekend in a Row (VIDEO)(click here)

By Sami K. Martin , Christian Post Contributor
June 11, 2012|12:27 pmA weekend in Chicago turned deadly, with eight people killed and 43 left wounded. At least one was a teenager, and police are wondering how the violence could have escalated across the city and left so many hurt."None of it is OK," Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy told NBCChicago.com. "And I don't want it to seem like we're managing it, but the realistic expectations have to be over the long-term," he stated.It is believed that the majority of violence was gang-related. Two were shot during a party in the Back-of-the-Yards neighborhood last night. A pair of siblings was shot as they sat in their vehicle; an SUV approached the vehicle, opened fire and killed 21-year-old Derrick Wilkerson and injured his 19-year-old brother....

Maybe, just maybe, members of Chicago gangs (I am thinking ladies with children) are finding graduation is a better option than waiting for Daddy to get out of jail. It could be, ya know? Women can be just that status conscience. Getting an education and making money just might be more inviting sometimes.

Rahm Emanuel celebrates a record graduation rate (click here)

Daily Splash columnist 
June 10, 2012 9:20PM
It was commencement weekend in Chicago and this year we have a lot to celebrate. For the first time on record, Chicago Public Schools have achieved higher than a 60 percent graduation rate. A higher percentage of those graduates are enrolling in college next year than in any year since CPS started keeping records. I had the honor of speaking to the Class of 2012 at Morgan Park High School where 80 percent of seniors are graduating, as well as at Golder College Prep where 100 percent of seniors are graduating. ...

AND JOBS can be a good reason to stop participation in a 'drug economy on the street.' Maybe, huh? Maybe a high school graduation with the promise of good paying jobs in Chicago could be a real incentive to live the life of a legitimate citizen. Could be.

RahmEmanuel forms Chicago Infrastructure Trust (click here)

Posted Jun 11, 2012 @ 03:00 PM
CHICAGO — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has picked five people to serve on the inaugural board of the Chicago Infrastructure Trust.
The City Council approved formation of the trust in April. The program includes plans to replace crumbling commuter rail stations and century-old water pipes. The trust will start with $225 million in energy efficiency projects for government buildings.
Emanuel today announced his choices for the board, saying they were chosen for their finance and infrastructure experience and they'll operate under the "strictest fiduciary and ethical standards."
Emanuel's picks are: retired Boeing executive James Bell; former Sara Lee executive Diana Ferguson; attorney David Hoffman; Alderman John Pope; and Chicago Federation of Labor President Jorge Ramirez.
The appointments must be approved by the Chicago City Council.

Go, Rham, Go !!!!!!

Previous to Rahm Emanuel taking office as Mayor of Chicago, the city has an 11% unemployment rate January 2010. The new mayor is doing a lot right.

Chicago area jobless rate drops to 8.9% (click here)

March 29, 2012 2:08PM
The Chicago area unemployment rate fell to 8.9 percent in February, down significantly from 9.6 percent a year ago, according to data released Thursday by the Illinois Department of Employment Security.
It was the lowest monthly rate reported since local unemployment reached a peak of 11.8 percent in January 2010. The local jobless rate, which is not seasonally adjusted, was 9.6 percent in January....