Liberty City Police Face Allegations of Incompetence, Brutality

This is for Spanky and Pumpkin (and I imagine a shitload of others).

The full story is here:

LIBERTY CITY—With the city in the midst of a record crime wave, concerned citizens claim the Liberty City Police Department has done little to prevent the constant car chases, ongoing gun battles, and overall atmosphere of violence that pervade the area.

“I used to feel safe in Liberty City, but lately, it’s been total mayhem,” said night-shift worker Lola Del Rio, who spoke to reporters while sucking nervously on a red lollipop. “In the past week alone, I’ve been carjacked twice, run over 10 times, and witness to a half-dozen gunfights that ended with automobiles exploding. What are the police doing to stop all this?”

[...] one LCPD official, who wished to remain anonymous, blamed the recent crime wave on the police department’s lack of proper equipment.

“We are only equipped to pursue a suspect within a small radius on a very basic half-centimeter radar screen,” the officer said. “If we were allowed to seek criminals who escaped this radius for more than 15 seconds, our results would improve dramatically.”

“And to those who say the LCPD is too quick to resort to deadly force, remember that almost 850,000 police officers, FIB agents, and N.O.O.S.E. [National Office of Security Enforcement] team members have died in the line of duty in the past month,” he added.

Clinton Set to Concede – Sorta?

According to this story, Hillary Clinton will concede that Obama has enough delegates to secure the nomination for the democratic presidential candidate:

WASHINGTON – Hillary Rodham Clinton will concede Tuesday night that Barack Obama has the delegates to secure the Democratic nomination, campaign officials said, effectively ending her bid to be the nation’s first female president.

Obama is 40 delegates shy of clinching the nomination, but he is widely expected to make up the difference Tuesday with superdelegate support and votes in South Dakota and Montana. Once he reaches the magic number of 2,118, Clinton will acknowledge that he has secured the necessary delegates to be the nominee.

The former first lady will stop short of formally suspending or ending her race in her speech in New York City.

She will pledge to continue to speak out on issues like health care. But for all intents and purposes, the two senior officials said, the campaign is over. [...]

The advisers said Clinton has made a strategic decision to not formally end her campaign, giving her leverage to negotiate with Obama on various matters including a possible vice presidential nomination for her. She also wants to press him on issues he should focus on in the fall, such as health care.

How much leverage should she have though if Obama has secured a necessary and sufficient number of delegates? Presumably she will have leverage via her supporters and Obama’s need to make nice with them. But if this is true:

A tsunami of superdelegates is poised to rush to Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) over the next 12 hours, giving him a mathematical lock on his party’s presidential nomination.

The superdelegate surge is likely to swamp a few holdouts within the camp of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-Ill.) who have been resisting a prompt concession.

Then Clinton isn’t really doing Obama any kind of “favor,” nor can she say she is conceding out of good will for the democratic party, since she won’t have an f’n choice anyway. Or am I being uncharitable here? The last report continues:

Aides say Clinton does not plan to concede or bid supporters farewell when she speaks in New York tonight, but instead will salute her supporters and argue for the strength of her candidacy.

But her clout is ebbing by the hour. At 6:56 a.m. Eastern time, the Obama campaign announced the first of the day’s slew of endorsements by superdelegates – the Democratic Party officials who have a vote on the nominee and will determine who it is, since neither Obama nor Clinton have won enough delegates in primaries and caucuses to put them over the top.

Teachers’ Unions and “Unequal” Pay

Here is the main chunk of this report:

The National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) was started by Bill Gates, Michael Dell and other technology titans concerned about the declining performance of American students in math and science. The public-private partnership funds efforts to increase the number of students taking advanced placement courses in those subjects. But thanks to the Washington Education Association, a teachers union, the initiative’s recent efforts in Washington state have been torpedoed.

Earlier this month NMSI announced that a $13.2 million grant slated for Washington state was being scrapped. Why? The contract ran afoul of the union’s collective bargaining agreement. NMSI wanted to compensate teachers directly and include extra pay based on how well students performed on AP exams. But under the teacher contracts, the union is the exclusive agent for negotiating teacher pay and union officials refused to compromise. They were willing to turn away free money for their teacher members rather than abide this kind of merit pay.

Does anyone know any details not mentioned that would make this less retarded on the part of the union?

1 out of 1 Sich Freuens Prefers Bag Balm for Nipple Issues

MC Spanky McGee, aka ginger balls, has certainly hit the nail on the head regarding my dry nipples. But since I discovered Bag Balm, I’m all good to go, bro.
This skin-softening balm was formulated by a Vermont chemist over 100 years ago to treat chapped and abraded cows’ udders. Over the years, it gained favor for use on other domestic animals, including cats and dogs, for chapping, scratches, abrasions and burns. It has even been used on search-and-rescue dogs, protecting their paws from damage while working in harsh conditions.Contains petrolatum, lanolin, and a mild antiseptic. It comes highly recommended by farmers and vets, and widely appreciated by pets, horses and other livestock. Packaged in an attractive traditional-style tin.