She was dumped like trash in the outdoor prison yard

Take a good look at Marcia Powell’s face; look at her eyes. She never knew her mother or father and at the age of 14 ran away from her adoptive home and spent the next 43 years on the streets, in and out of jail, on drugs and surviving (if you call it that) by prostituting herself. She was diagnosed as mentally ill and they “tried” drugs on her.

On May 19th of last year, she reportedly told the prison psychologist that she felt suicidal. She was dumped like trash in the outdoor prison yard, surrounded by a chain link fence referred to by prisoners as a “cage”, without shade and allegedly refused water for four hours in 107 degree heat awaiting transportation to the psychiatric unit. Her difficult life ended there alone. Her core body temperature at death was 108 degrees, she had second and third degree burns on her body and blistering on her skin.

On Wednesday, the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office announced it would not to prosecute anyone for her death. – Remembering Marcia Powell

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Shirley Sherrod says Kiss My Non-Racist BeeHind

“The secretary did push really hard for me to stay and work from inside, but I look at what happened to me,” she said at a news conference with Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “I know he’s apologized, and I accept it. A new process is in place, but I don’t want to test it.” – Shirley Sherrod, former USDA employee fired for alleged racism, thrown to the wolves and then unfired.  Perhaps the biggest heartbreak of all was that Obama let it happen (and don’t say he didn’t know).

Then the NAACP says the were “snookered by Fox News and Tea Party Activist Andrew Breitbart into believing she had harmed white farmers because of racial bias.” [Do you know how many people look at a press release before it goes out?  Dozens, especially this kind of release, and “snookered” was the word they went with?]

“Having reviewed the full tape, spoken to Ms. Sherrod, and most importantly heard the testimony of the white farmers mentioned in this story,” – [they needed all of that to know she was not guilty and Breitbart just needed a clip to be believed?] “we now believe the organization that edited the documents did so with the intention of deceiving millions of Americans.”

Where did the tape originate?  It was shot by a NAACP employee during the NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet on March 27, 2010, in Douglas, Georgia.  Sooooo, tell me that again.  What is even more upsetting is the NAACP quickly released a statement right after Secretary Vilsack backing the Ag Secretary’s firing of her.

So on the day she was “fired” (asked to resign by USDA Deputy Under Secretary Cheryl Cook after a series of phone calls telling her to pull over and write her resignation on her Blackberry), Shirley was called repeatedly and then told she would be on Glenn Beck that night.  Beck sends shivers through the administration?  Wow. [I don’t know what else to say, maybe I can use snookered here].

Good for you GIRLFRIEND Shirley Sherrod!!  I hope you don’t let the betrayal haunt you.  You are an inspiration.

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GREAT DEBATES: Dr. Laura Schlessinger’s N-word rant

You really need to listen to Dr. Laura’s conversation with her caller to understand how bizarre her conversation is.  While her spewing the ‘N’ word is upsetting to most, what I disliked was her dismissal of her caller’s feelings.  Let’s talk after you listen:

FULL AUDIO: Dr. Laura Schlessinger’s N-word rant.

Ok.  First of all, I believe the caller is right to feel irritated by the constant comments about her race.  Imagine if the comments were focused on other things – “what do fat people think” or “you’re a stay at home mom that doesn’t work, so”, it’s the consistent chipping away of a person’s confidence when couching a question before a response is required. She’s supposed to be a mental health therapist, but she appears to require one herself. What I actually took away from the whole conversation is that she hates Obama. Too simplistic? Is it more sinister than that? Hmmm…I think Obama needs to set up a beer summit with her.

GREAT DEBATES: Dr. Laura Schlessinger's N-word rant

You really need to listen to Dr. Laura’s conversation with her caller to understand how bizarre her conversation is.  While her spewing the ‘N’ word is upsetting to most, what I disliked was her dismissal of her caller’s feelings.  Let’s talk after you listen:

FULL AUDIO: Dr. Laura Schlessinger’s N-word rant.

Ok.  First of all, I believe the caller is right to feel irritated by the constant comments about her race.  Imagine if the comments were focused on other things – “what do fat people think” or “you’re a stay at home mom that doesn’t work, so”, it’s the consistent chipping away of a person’s confidence when couching a question before a response is required. She’s supposed to be a mental health therapist, but she appears to require one herself. What I actually took away from the whole conversation is that she hates Obama. Too simplistic? Is it more sinister than that? Hmmm…I think Obama needs to set up a beer summit with her.

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Women in the Board Room

Why do people always refer to Norway as “progressive?”  I would almost call them “backward” or “impulsive.  ”

In 2006, the Norwegian government imposed a law that would require “State-owned companies are already obliged to comply and now have 45% female representation on their boards.”  Since 2003, it was voluntary, but nothing happened.

The Norwegian equality minister, Karita Bekkemellem, is now threatening firms that don’t comply with closure.

“From January 1 2006, I want to put in place a system of sanctions that will allow the closure of firms,” she said. “I do not want to wait another 20 or 30 years for men with enough intelligence to finally appoint women. More than half of the people who have a business education today are women. It is wrong for companies not to use them. They should be represented.”

Did it work? Well, no.

A study by Amy Dittmar, associate professor of finance at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business and her colleague Kenneth Ahern “found that when a board had a 10% increase in the number of women, the value of the company dropped. The bigger the change to the structure of the board, the bigger the fall in returns.”

“The constraint imposed by the 40-percent women quota-led firms to recruit women board members that were younger and had different career experiences than the existing directors,” says Dittmar.

What’s the answer?  Forced compliance?  Does it really matter?  The majority of small business owners are women.  We end up making our own board and supplying the products that women want.  Perhaps the answer is simply making our own way instead of waiting for someone to make it for us.

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