Developers: Why They Are Scum
Via Possumblog, comes this story of a developer in Mountain Brook, Alabama, and the lengths he went to in getting his way. Almost.
This grassroots movement has been started by http://midsouthpeace.org. If you have an hour to spare please come by and show your support.Well, not all, of course, just those connected to City and County government. Mandating living wage in exchange for tax freezes means no business comes to Memphis. South Knox Bubba has documented this campaign's action in Knoxville over at his blog here, as has Say Uncle here, here and here. They aren't a "grass-roots" organisation in the sense they want you to believe, but are an import of a national and international movement. They appear to be making their start in Memphis.
Living Wage Press Conference Tuesday Sept 23rd 2:00 1st Congo
Immigrant Workers Freedom Ride Sunday Sept 28th 3:00 NCRM
Living Wage Press Conference
Tuesday the 23rd at 2:00 p.m. on the front steps of First Congregational Church, 1000 S. Cooper (near the intersection of Cooper and Young.) Please come and bring others with you as well! We're doing it to give information but also to show our strength by having 50 to 75 people standing for a living wage.
The conference will release which city council officials support a living wage for city workers ( and people who work for firms that do city work). The language is still being crafted, but the ordinance will require all city workers, subcontractors and companies that receive tax abatements or freezes to pay at least $10.00 with benefits or $12.00 an hour without benefits.
Come out and show your support for livable wages for all.
A based on a true story.One man tries to make a difference to restore the humanity to the lifes of 1500 hundred men. Only to be fought every step of the way. If you ever forget why to hate republicans and their love of money and distain for their fellow man watch this movie.Decorum prevents me from mentioning the other review. Oh! And he's a Dennis Kucinich supporter.
"It's real tough for me to vote for something that will put someone to work for $8 an hour."As opposed to the someone not working at all? Jeez....
The suggestion to create a wage floor was floated Thursday by Memphis City Councilmen Rickey Peete and Jack Sammons, who were present when the IDB evaluation committee met to review applications.Apparently, the details of the living wage law were farmed out to a government agency, but will still appear within the sixty day window. Don't you just love the vast inter-locking network of agencies that watch over us and our well-being?
The wage floor idea was prompted by a tax freeze request from Ferco Color, which plans to create 61 jobs at an average annual pay of $16,120. That's an average of about $8.20 an hour plus benefits.....
Memphis and Shelby County Economic Development Department officials will offer a wage floor proposal for the committee to act on within 60 days.
"If you're working full time, it's your employer's responsibility to see that you can meet your basic needs."That's right, Mr. and Ms. Business Owner, it's your responsibility to provide for housing, transportation, food, medical, child care, education, and whatever else these folks can think up that is a "basic" necessity of life. If that means we pay $50,000 for a Ford Focus, $12.00 for a Big Mac or $50 for new Hanes underwear, well you're a mean, evil, greedy, hater for nay-saying them.
Wanda Hudson missed Thanksgiving and Christmas 2001 because she was locked in a Dauphin Island Parkway storage unit, Hudson's attorney said Thursday.It just gets weirder from there. There are all kinds of questions arising from the supposed circumstances. One customer, who had a nearby unit and visited it every other day, never heard her, nor noticed the smell? No one did security walks? She didn't hear them? I think there was something wrong with her in the first place, and she fell into a bad situation which she wasn't equipped to handle.
In fact, Hudson was padlocked in the unit for 63 days, attorney Mallory Mantiply told a Mobile County Circuit Court civil jury....
She rented unit number 611, a 30 feet by 10 feet enclosure, paid a month's rent, then moved her furniture and other belongings inside.
A month later, on Nov. 7, 2001, Mantiply told jurors, Hudson paid another month's rent. And on that very night, while on a routine security check, the facility's manager found Hudson's storage unit unlocked and partially open.
He closed and locked it.
And that was apparently the last anyone saw of Hudson for more than two months.
To conservatives, "West Wing" has always had a left-wing taint, and they're not about to start watching again just because the show added a temporary Republican president. James Lileks has said that Phil Donahue's MSNBC talk show failed because liberal viewers would rather hear the same words come out of Martin Sheen's mouth on "West Wing"; by the same token, a GOP president on "West Wing" will fail because Republican viewers would rather hear the same words from Bill O'Reilly's mouth.Note he says "to conservatives...." Well, I think most anyone who watches the show, regardless of political persuasion or lack thereof, will agree that the show is strongly biased to liberalism, if not quite to Leftism. What few conservatives I've heard of appearing on the show are almost always portrayed as wrong or villainous. Reread the whole article and you'll notice the author says things that refute that statement:
Yes it came from a blatantly liberal perspective, but it was always fair and never turned into propaganda.Harhar!
...the third and fourth seasons consisted largely of the president's re-election campaign, weakly imagined by Sorkin as a fantasy in which the Clinton/Gore surrogate (Martin Sheen's President Bartlet) easily vanquished the dem-witted Bush stand-in (Josh Brolin's Bob Ritchie).But let's go back to the Lileks quote. He's right when he talks about Dems. They do have a romantic, dreamy streak that the show panders to. Bartlett is the Clinton they wished he had been. It's the essence of liberalism to see the idealistic world that ought to be and to get passionate about making it happen.
Whitaker's tiny department — 22 people at headquarters and 119 at the state's welcome centers — is trying to come up with new ways of promoting an industry that brings 38 million visitors to the state.Sounds like new government expansion and more money on dubious projects. I can't wait to see what silliness comes out of this "news bureau's" offices.
Tennessee's tourism business generated $10.4 billion last year, second only to health care services in revenue.
Replacing the "Sounds Good To Me" catchphrase adopted several years ago by the Sundquist administration will be the first order of business under a creative services contract now out for bids, Whitaker said. The department is separately seeking bids for a media buyer.
In addition, the department plans to create a news bureau, also under contract, to generate publicity for the tourism industry through general and niche media rather than TV commercials.
Dean contends he wrote a check for the full amount on July 16, and noticed on Aug. 20 that the check never cleared his bank account. He explained the situation in a letter on Aug. 20 and gave the city another check that day and requested he not be penalized because of the city's mistake.Dean does his own taxes? By hand? You've got to be kidding. That's what I would make an issue of, right there. Is he going to micromanage every single American problem, ala Clinton? I hope not, as he's not in that league.
He said in the note, which he wrote by hand, he was paying the full amount he owes at once "because my campaign has me so busy I do not want to miss a payment."