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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Halprin over-the-top crudeness - Calling the President a Name


MSNBC, Morning Joe - Mark Halperin, editor-at-large and senior political analyst for TIME, covers politics, elections and government for the magazine and TIME.com. Halperin is also the creator and author of TIME.com’s “The Page,” a news and analysis tip sheet that gathers and edits the latest political stories, campaign ads, TV clips, videos and campaign reactions from every news source, along with Halperin’s own analysis. In addition, Halperin is senior political analyst for MSNBC, where he appears regularly on "Morning Joe" and other programs on the cable channel.

This is another news article I just had to weigh-in on.

This is definitely a Shame on You; but, it is more than that. I think the level of promiscuity in speech-open discussion, civility be damned, and plain ole disrespect has reached a level with many people that tells us we need to all draw a long-breath and begin to put-in-check en masse bad behavior such as Mark Halperin.

As I viewed the video of the Morning Joe show, I watched people who are suppose to be responsible adults, professionals on their job and representing the network of NBC, respectful of self and others as a code of self-ethics, first to want to say they are all this-n-that; but they engage in tomfoolery and successfully got Halperin to go over the top with bufoonery and they-themselves engaged in high jinks unique to teen agers with laughter.

Halperin's The Page gives his who's who of definition of who he is. It is a far cry from how he is seen going forward. I wonder what kind of role model and grown-up symbol he sent to the students, faculty and staff of St. Anselm College. He is amember of a board on that campus.

We must all do so much better to make the world we live in more accountable in best practices of "civility".

Let's see how he is disciplined in the press and countryside; but, most of all how he handles his remorse - if there is remorse.

TODAY'S PRIMER - Lisa Kaiser's Walker Rewards



Click photo to enlarge.

Since ex-County Executive Scott Walker became WI Governor Scott Walker, he has been busy with a cloud of smoke-and-mirrors bomb throwing.

He has presented Wisconsinites with surprise-after-surprise that defies geniune thought for making Wisconsin a viable and "economic" state that is growing in quality of life and economic development issues.

He seems to have found a myraid of placements from the Green Bay area.
Also, around his table are real estate barons, construction giants, strangle-hold commerce lobbyists, well-off (for now) retirees, stay-at-home moms, skimming the top voucher seekers, bogus (so far) pledge for job development (on Caucasians) and on and on.

He was on CNBC Squawk Box for 2 hours, June 21, 2011.
Governor Walker engaged in "spin w-squawk". He gave the picture that he came from Milwaukee County (county executive)with such a glowing record of success - so successful he was elected 3 times. Along with the, "We are Moving On with great guns of progress Message". NOT.

Facts Checked at Door
What about the dismal shape Milwaukee County was in "while he was County Executive". And the dismal shape it was left in. He rolled into the County Executive seat due to the failures of ex-County Executive Tom Ament. It was more of the outrage of the people feeling fleeced and disconnected.

At the rate he is going, someone will do the same to him at the State level.

On Squawk Box, the governor's facts were checked at the door - debt mounted, massive layoffs, dismal to no services, unkempt McDonnell Park structure that unfortunately killed a Wisconsinite, park and other services in disrepair, concentrated poverty in City of Milwaukee - 5 to 10 times higher unemployment than state rate, spatial mismatch, quality of life and economic development issues (connecting transit to employment in suburb - same ones he has provided additional breaks, incentives and contract opportunities).

New Commerce Department
"Is this department open, said Mary Glass, Chair/CEO, Milwaukee Professionals Association?" "I have tried to make contact with Secretary Paul Jadin - NO RESPONSE." "I have contacted Governor Walker's office for response - expecting outreach for the Open for Business claim - instead receiving a perfunctory email E-REPLY ONLY." "Additionally, I have sought communication to the newly formed WEDC-Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (of which Governor Walker is the head)." NO RESPONSE. "Is that 'conflict of interest' in view of the above cartoon and the review given his rewards in Lisa Kaiser's article?"

In today's unrest, "Bamboozling" can be fatal to a politician when he/she least expect.

After reading Lisa Kaiser's article in this week's Shepherd Express, our cartoon is above. See how close we are.

For Kaiser's article, go to:
http://www.expressmilwaukee.com/article-15288-walkers-budget-rewards-his-top-campaign-donors.html

Rosana dos Santos Augusto second-half strike wins for Brazil


HEIDELBERG, Germany - Rosana dos Santos Augusto earned win for Brazil with score in 2nd-half, 1-0.

She currently plays for Sky Blue FC of Women's Professional Soccer.
She is a Brazilian footballer who play midfielder.

Rosana was born in São Paulo, São Paulo).

Tsonga defeats Federer in decisive match



WIMBLEDON, England - Jo-Wilfried Tsonga wins upset match against the 3rd ranking tennis player, Roger Federer on Wednesday, June 29, 2011. Tsonga's rank was/is No. 12.

He is a French professional tennis player - born in Le Mans, to a French mother, Évelyne, and a Congolese father, Didier, who moved to France in the 1970s to play handball. A member of the famous Tennis Club de Paris (TCP), in France.

He must now win the matches that include Andy Murray, Rafaeel Nadal and Novak Djokovic. It should prove to be a power play match.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

NATIONAL HEALTH CARE - Why it is important to weigh in on the Victory Ruling Today



CINCINNATI - In the first ruling by a federal appeals court on President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, a panel in Cincinnati handed the administration a victory Wednesday by agreeing that the government can require a minimum amount of insurance for Americans.

Judge Boyce F. Martin and Judge Jeffrey Sutton joined together with a 2-1 vote in favor. They were part of a three-judge 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel. Their decision was appreciatively delivered in less than a month after hearing oral arguments.

Why I had to weigh in
This is just fantastic.

I thank the two judges that "get it" - Judge Boyce F. Martin and Judge Jeffrey Sutton.

It's a great day in the neighborhood when we get to hear things like this. A great day. We know that the busy bodies of defeat will continue; however, it is so nice to hear something "SUPER POSITIVE" from those in a position to know better, do better but too often fall short - too short.

The last year and a half has been filled with "poison" - devisive, obstructionist and inflamatory untruths by those who have a blend of self-indulgence, hatred, racism, and warped mindsets.

The truth is: They or their significant kindred will be the first to stand in line with an American flag to claim the quote, Obama Healthcare benefits if Mother Nature, health crisis, ponzy schemes and the economy of greed clear their eyes of plenty and privilege.

"Keep living" was a wise saying passed down from generation-to-generation in my family and others. For sure if we remain alive, it is true that one's mindset will change through means necessary and those one feel not necessary.

NY Attorney General on the ball with Non-Profit overhaul and Public Integrity Officers



Public Policy Review

Area: PUBLIC ACCOUNTABILITY
Process: People induced transparency





In the Square

ALBANY, NY - NY Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman has two top notch ideas in process.

 Overhauling state’s Non-Profit Regulations by having those who are non-profit do the work.
 Designating “regional” Public Integrity Officers

A Yahoooo Rating is what I give these ideas.

Non-profit Committee
It is a needed “global, national, state, local, neighborhood-level” trend to get our fiscal state in our non-profit houses in order. It is an excellent opportunity for those who are concerned about the barrier issues and intrinsic issues clashing, to do something infrastructural.

For those like me, protagonist, it is paramount for social justice to be at the table to ensure that the “morphing process” includes: ongoing training, civility, ethics, moral will, transparency, best practices, customer care, accountability, maximizing government and donor funding as well as instituting principled-centered leadership that outlaw greed, cronyism, autocratic powerbrokers that trample the people’s civil-human-legal rights.

What’s genius and on-target with this idea is, it “can be” a from-the-jump accountability platform.

Recommendations
I would add NEW BLOOD around the table. They would include high school-2 year/technical-4 year and above individuals from the neighborhood-level without a specific “name tag” of affiliation to the non-profits represented, even though they may receive services from them.

The affiliation should be characterized by being a citizen, volunteer, head of household, parent, mother, father, grandparent, foster parent, guardian, disabled, entrepreneur, recent graduate, student loan carrier, retiree, reentry retiree, reentry war veteran, re-entry incarceration citizen – parolee, homeless, gang survivor, recovering drug addict and alcoholic, child-parent, neighborhood-level business owner, teacher, social worker, health clinician, ex-judge, legal representatives, techies, visionaries; in other words, the many designates that those around the table in the “non-profit” industry serve.

This should be an ongoing process that happens every-so-often per the group’s decision. At the outset, a self and peer audit for effectiveness for all involved should occur once per year. This could help with commitment of excellence for accountability.

Additionally, there should be a massive campaign to educate the people – systematically and infrastructurally – those at the table and the community at-large for input and buy-in.

Regional Public Integrity Officers
I see that NY Attorney General Schneiderman has provided the balance to this idea, an in-house reporting system to him - designation of regional officers called, “public integrity officers”. The services from these offices must be above reproach and each regional public integrity officer must be known for his/her enforcement of the validity of complaints without hesitation, no matter who/what it is.

This is enforcement with speed, civility and “integrity”.
Both the non-profit committee and the designation of "cops on the beat" should have the face and fingerprint of AG Eric T. Schneiderman.

Let’s see if this good-potential great idea is "made" to be what it can be.

For AG reports, go to:
AG designates ‘cop on the beat’ for Westchester, Rockland and Putnam
http://polhudson.lohudblogs.com

State Bill to Take on Public Corruption
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/04/nyregion/04prosecute.html?scp=3&sq=New%20York%20Attorney%20General%20Looks%20to%20Overhaul%20State's%20Nonprofit%20Regulations&st=Search

Milwaukee Professionals Association applauds both ideas and will seek to advance likeness to Wisconsin - a recommendation for Wisconsin legislature.

USA Women's Soccer Team - 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup



DRESDEN, Germany — Coming into the World Cup, Rachel Buehler scored second goal for victory against North Korea, 2-0.

Rachel is on the USA team from Del Mar, CA.
Position: Defender.

She is known as: The Buehldozer and the co-captain on the U.S. team.

USA World Women's Soccer Team

Schacknow - TODAY'S Wednesday PRIMER



Peter Schacknow, Senior Producer, CNBC Breaking News Desk
June 29, 2011


The financial world marks a notable anniversary today: it was five years ago today, on June 29, 2006, that the Federal Reserve last raised interest rates, upping its key federal funds rate from 5% to 5.25%.

That notable anniversary comes as Wall Street makes a late scramble to pare its considerable losses for June - with the Dow coming two straight days of triple-digit gains, the first time that's occurred since December 1-2 of 2010.

Investors are focused on the Greek Parliament this morning, which is debating the controversial austerity package at this hour. A vote is expected to come sometime between 7am and 10am ET.

This morning's economic reports include April pending home sales figures from the National Association of Realtors. Economists expect a 10% increase, mostly reversing an 11.6% drop from March. We'll also get the weekly report on mortgage applications from the Mortgage Bankers Association at 7am ET, and the weekly read on oil and gasoline inventories from the EIA at 10:30am ET.

The Treasury will sell $29 billion in 7-year notes, with the results available shortly after 1pm ET. This follows tepid demand for 2-year and 5-year notes in auctions that were held Monday and Tuesday.

Earnings reports out this morning include retailer Family Dollar (FDO), food maker General Mills (GIS), Monsanto (MON), and homebuilder KB Home (KBH). General Mills may already be a stock to watch ahead of that report, as its board of directors has approved a 9% increase in the quarterly dividend.

We'll also watch shares of Campbell Soup (CPB), which is cutting 770 positions to cut costs and will also take steps to exit the Russian market. CNBC's Kate Kelly reports that Bank of America (BAC) is close to an $8.5 billion settlement with investors who had charged the bank with violating servicing agreements on mortgages.
Toyota (TM) has announced a voluntary recall of about 45,500 Highlander hybrid models and 36,700 Lexus RX models to fix a problem with faulty transistors in the control boards.

In the news, President Obama is scheduled to hold an 11:30am ET news conference at the White House, with the debt limit talks expected to be a primary topic.

Elsewhere in Washington, the Federal Reserve will release its final proposal on debit card fee limits, with banks hoping the Fed will ease a bit on fee caps from its original proposal.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Public Square - WI State Legislature contacted for legislature actions regarding UW Regents




Public Policy Review
Area: Public Confidence


In the Square


MILWAUKEE - On June 27, 2011, Wisconsin leaders of the Senate and Assembly were sent the first copy of a Formal Complaint against Wisconsin Government Agency, UW System Board of Regents.

It is a Call for Investigation and Correction of U.S. Constitution, Wisconsin Constitution, State Statute 36.01(1)(2), UW Milwaukee Select Mission and the 1956 reorganization violations before and after the 2010-2011 Search and Selection of the 8th Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee.

The legislature makes the laws. The senate approves the appointments to this government agency.

The formal contact to the legislators-legislature follows contact to WI Attorney General office and the response that essential said that the WI Attorney General's office did not have the "legal authority" to conduct an investigation and provide recommendations for intervention and prevention.


The office of Mary Glass, Chair/CEO, Milwaukee Professionals Association has asked the legislature to use their authorizing power (Wis. Stat. § 165.015, Wis. Stat. § 165.25(3) and 59.42(1)(c)) to engage the office of the state Attorney General as well as the WI Government of Accountability office.

The Complaint includes:

-- 2010-2011 Search and Selection process that included a national search of 44 candidates and 5 finalists.

-- Conflict of Interest.

-- Refusal to respond to public information request.

-- Discrimination of African American, People of Color and Work-Challeges Milwaukeeans as participants in the search process.

-- Discrimination in $240 Million UW Milwaukee Initiative and $176 Million Senate Bill 514.

-- Discrimination of procurement, goods and services, partnerships developed during the search process.

-- unprecedented bias toward the "Interim Chancellor", now Chancellor.

-- Appointment, ongoing training of board of regents members, evaluation, term limits, specifics for removal, engagement with public and process for Complaints.

-- Ex Offico seats on WI Board of Regents - Per the unacceptable Code of Conduct (repeated refusal to respond to request for information) of Regents Stan Davis and Regents Brent Smith as President of the WI Technical College System and Regents Tony Evers, WI State Superintendent. The position of WI Technical College and the Department of Education are "ex-officio" positions.

Timely
Wisconsin economy is in a state of turmoil.

Governor Scott Walker says Wisconsin is "Open for Business". If so, it must first and foremost include the City of Milwaukee. At the present time, it does not,

The Complaint speaks to the Enduring Concentrated Poverty status of the City of Milwaukee and how the Code of Conduct of the UW Regents and the UW-Milwaukee culture of discrimination contributes to the devastation that can be corrected if All Hands are on Deck with an effort to "re-define", "re-brand" and "un-trap" over a half-million people in the largest city of Wisconsin. By engaging in an initiative (BOTTOM-UP) to expose hidden talent, emerging markets and submerging markets at the "neighborhood-level" for a NEW Middle Class.

How the denial of the stakeholders at the neighborhood-level contributes to "haves" and "have-nots", discrimination, 5-10 times higher unemployment than the numbers given at the state level for Wisconsinites.

The recent resignation of ex-Chancellor Carolyn "Biddy" Martin, UW-Madison and the controversy around her abrupt departure adds a compounding component on the timely action of the legislature since the WI Board of Regents will be in the process of a national search and selection process.

"The state of Wisconsin is in the 'global public square' for many thorny issues of unfavorability,". said Glass. "We hope our leaders in the legislature with take this opportunity to make massive corrections that are needed to start the process of 'getting-our-public agencies-in-order'. "It will do so much to establish-restore-create public confidence."

Congrats Dryhootch - 1000 members



Yahooo! Dryhootch.org has reached its 1000 member mark.


A dedicated group of folk looking out for their fellowman - veterans returning home from military duty. Dryhootch is where veterans can come and have a cup of java, tea and peer-to-peer counseling.

Become a member. Go to: www.dryhootch.org.

Our hats are off to you!

Milwaukee Professionals Association supports Dryhootch.org.

A Neighborhood-level business.

Monday, June 27, 2011

News8000 Brief - La Crosse






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Latest Local Headlines
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June 27, 2011

Walker: Supreme Court needs to resolve discord
Gov. Scott Walker said Monday that infighting on the Wisconsin Supreme Court is
a serious matter that needs to be resolved for the sake of public confidence in
the court.

CouleeCap offering aid for struggling mortgage payments
Homeowners struggling to make mortgage payments may have an opportunity for some
help.

Walker signs balanced budget that cuts schools
Gov. Scott Walker has signed his first budget, which plugs the state's $3 billion shortfall but also slashes funding for public schools and the University of Wisconsin System.

Gov. Walker makes 50 vetoes in state budget
Republican Gov. Scott Walker has left most of the state budget alone.

Prosser says reports of clash false
A Wisconsin Supreme Court justice says reports that he placed his hands around a
fellow justice's neck during an argument in her office are false.

Women's World Cup - Celia Okoyino Da Mbabi scores second goal




Celia Okoyino da Mbabi - German Footballer
Position: Midfielder, Striker
Club: SC 07 Bad Neuenahr
Celia scored winning goal in Women's World Cup opener.

She was born in Bonn, Germany, the daughter of a Cameroonian father and a French mother

Dates
June 26 - July 17, 2011



Location
Germany

Schacknow - TODAY'S PRIMER - June 27, 2011



Peter Schacknow, Senior Producer, CNBC Breaking News Desk

Wall Street starts the final trading week of June with some bearish trends firmly in place: in the absence of a significant rally, the major averages will finish with their biggest monthly losses since May of 2010, and will keep intact another notable streak. The Dow, the S&P 500, and the Nasdaq have not risen simultaneously for the month of June since 2004.

Most investor attention will be paid today to Greece, where the Parliament is beginning debate today on the controversial round of austerity measures.

The European Union and the IMF have made it clear that a second round of aid won't be forthcoming unless that package is passed, but CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera, in Athens for the vote, says a handful of supporters for the package are wavering, and that the vote will be extremely close.

One economic report will hit the tape this morning before the open - personal income and spending data for May. Economist expect personal income to match April's rise with a 0.4% increase, while consumer spending should edge higher by 0.1% after a 0.4% rise in April. At 1pm ET, the Treasury will auction $35 billion 2-year notes, to be followed by sales of 5-year and 7-year notes on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The earnings calendar remains light today, but Nike (NKE) will have what will likely be a widely followed earnings report after the closing bell this afternoon.

Dow component Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) and Gilead Sciences (GILD) will be stocks to watch today, as both get bullish mentions in Barron's over the weekend.

President Obama will attempt to get the stalled debt limit talks back on track today, as he meets separately with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell.

Rep. Michelle Bachman (R-MN) will make her 2012 presidential run official later today.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

RODERICK HOLLOWAY Light Paintings @ the Blue Building in Milwaukee



Give yourself a treat.

Roderick is so talented. And, he is "Home-Grown".
You can visit his website and really look at the astounding paintings(computer-generated) by Roderick.

Website: www.geminirising.com
Email: roderickholloway@mac.com
More contact info:
http://www.geminirising.com/Contact_Us.html
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Below is one of my favorites:
"Crying for Red Roses"



RODERICK HOLLOWAY - Light Painter
Neighborhood-level Talent and submerging market

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Young Entrepreneurs - jewellery maker



VIDEO NOTE:
You may have to travel down the page and "PAUSE" one or two of the Black Enterprise videos to hear this one.

The Young Entrepreneurs is a Life Tracks series.

Jessica - Founder, London Jewellery School
She is 22 years old.

You have additional opportunities to watch other bead designing and making.
See what you think. Got any ideas jumping in your head?

Milwaukee Professionals Association is in the process of creating a social group of Innovators through its: Milwaukee Professionals Association Young Entrepreneurs.


Pipeline
It is part of finding "hidden talent" in submerging and emerging markets at the neighborhood-level in "Milwauk-Town" - Milwaukee.

It will include MPA's mascot, Busy Beaver.

Weekend Tips, recipes, events, people, styles, fun, wellness - June 25, 2011

Men's Fashion Tips: How to Dress for Summer for Men

Young adults through seniors can take note of the types of textures, colors and suggestions by Larry.

Fabrics of:
-- denim
-- poplin
-- tinsel
-- seersucker

See what you think.

Larry Davidson - President, Davidsons Clothing for Men


You have the opportunity of viewing BRUCE MARSHALL, Fashion Designer, Emmy Award nominated coustume designer and MANISH MALHOTRA'S tips on men's dress and fashion following Larry's tips. See what you think.


VIDEO NOTE:
You may have to travel down the page and "PAUSE" one or two of the Black Enterprise videos to hear this one.

Weekend Tips, recipes, events, people, styles, fun, wellness - June 25, 2011

Welcome to the World of Clinique - Day make-up for a Woman of Color
-- Step-by-step make-up tips

What do you think? Hope helpful.
Colour Day to Night - Rich Shades


VIDEO NOTE:
You may have to travel down the page and "PAUSE" one or two of the Black Enterprise videos to hear this one.

Friday, June 24, 2011

From the Desk of the Chair/CEO - Milwaukee Professionals Association




Open Complaint - University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents

All Hands on Deck, WE, Not Me Initiative
“Re-defining”, “re-branding” and “un-trapping” a half-million Milwaukeeans from Enduring Concentrated Poverty

My office “Open Complaint” is a Call for Investigation and a Call for Recommendations at the state and federal level per rules and regulations regarding UW Regents Code of Conduct before and after the 2010/2011 UW-Milwaukee Chancellor Search and Selection process. Our Notification included Governor Scott Walker and WI Office of Government Accountability.

My office seeks the best solutions to address violations of civil-human-legal rights of African American, other People of Color and the Work-Challenged (un-, under-employed; un-, under-skilled; un-, under-financed neighborhood-level businesses; disabled; and, re-entry individuals, especially those returning from WAR, INCARCERATION, boomerang employment and boomerang retirement).

We see this as an opportune time for public dialogue, legislature update on policies and procedures; as well as, addressing Social Responsibility and the Global Reporting Initiative.

We encourage BOOSTING state-of-the-art education, technology and research attainment that yield relevant marketplace graduations, certifications, neighborhood-level partnerships and life-long learning for a more competitive and economically sound city, state and nation. We especially seek to stimulate a Bottom-Up Recovery Plan by exposing “hidden talent”, “submerging markets” and emerging markets for producing a NEW Middle Class free from Enduring Concentrated Poverty.

As we continue to improve conditions of access and the monitoring of the Open Complaint, we are also in the public square observing and monitoring the UW-Madison Search and Selection process with recommendations.

State Legislature
Since the Attorney General’s office has said they do not have legal authority to conduct an investigation coming from the public. We are asking that the legislators provide the authority necessary for engagement of WI State Attorney General office.

We are urging:
-- Senate President Michael Ellis,
-- Senate President Pro Tempore Joseph Leibham,
-- Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald, and
-- Assembly Speaker Pro Tempore Bill Kramer of our state legislature, to take the lead in this opportune process for updating laws, rules, regulations, compliance, selection process, composition of Board – more reflective of citizenry (presently weighted, i.e., 7 attorneys out of 16 members), length of tenure, President and ex officio positions, full board orientation and ongoing training and compliance to public information, removal of regents members and review of Board of Regents overall accountability for social responsibility to promote “public confidence”.

Correction:
We originally announced that we would be contacting the legislators on June 17, 2011.

Delivery will be Monday, June 27, 2011.

With Recovery in Mind,
Mary Glass

Schacknow on Friday's PRIMER - June 24, 2011



Peter Schacknow, Senior Producer, CNBC Breaking News Desk

Thursday's stock market action looks decidedly bearish - until you compare the close with session lows. The Dow was down as many as 234 points before recovering to finish lower by just under 60 points, and the Nasdaq actually managed to finish the day in positive territory. The late day recovery puts the major averages on pace for a positive week, which would be the second straight for the Dow and S&P following six consecutive weekly losses.

Two fresh economic reports come in advance of the Friday session: May durable goods orders, out at 8:30am ET, are expected to register a 1.6% gain following April's 3.6% decline. And the final tally of first quarter GDP, out at the same time, is seen coming in at a 2.0% annual rate, compared with the prior first quarter estimate of 1.8%.

Oracle (ORCL) tops our stocks to watch list this morning, after falling more than 5% in after-hours trading. Oracle did beat estimates with its latest earnings, but its hardware revenue came in below expectations, sparking fears about weak I-T spending. We'll also watch shares of Micron (MU), which fell about 8% after-hours after results missed estimates and its profit margins continued to slide. And Southern Union (SUG) is now the target of a takeover contest, with Williams Companies bidding $4.9 billion in cash for Southern, which already has a $4.1 billion stock deal in place with Energy Transfer Equity LP (ETE). NBCUniversal parent Comcast (CMCSA) has been added to the Conviction Buy List at Goldman Sachs, with the price target remaining at $31.

Other stocks to watch include Accenture (ACN), which beat estimates with its latest quarterly results, and Campbell Soup (CPB), which has authorized a new $1 billion share buyback program. Blackboard (BBBB) is said to be in buyout talks with private equity firm Providence Equity Partners, according to multiple published reports.

Crude oil has rebounded from 4-month lows this morning, after rising yesterday on the news of the IEA's release of 60 million barrels from world reserves, including 30 million from the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve. The euro initially rose on news of an austerity package deal between Greece and EU leaders, but has given back those gains as the focus returns to next week's crucial vote on that package by the Greek Parliament.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

FreePress - Change the Channel Campaign



www.freepress.net



Public Policy - Update
Area: Media, Communications

New Campaign Exposes Covert Consolidation in Newsrooms

SavetheNews.org launches ‘Change the Channels’ to show how hundreds of TV stations are circumventing ownership limits and outsourcing local news

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: June 22, 2011
Contact: Jenn Ettinger, 202-265-1490 x 35

WASHINGTON -- On Wednesday, SavetheNews.org launched “Change the Channels,” a new campaign focused on exposing the new face of media consolidation. Across the country, hundreds of TV stations have quietly merged newsrooms, circumventing the Federal Communications Commission’s media ownership limits at the expense of independent, local journalism.

Full article, go to:
http://www.freepress.net/press-release/2011/6/22/new-campaign-exposes-covert-consolidation-newsrooms?akid=2601.9316298.g_0wH-&rd=1&t=3

Milwaukee Professionals Association supports FREEPRESS.

UW Regents Accountability in the Public Square


University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents

UW Board of Regents conducted a Badly Flawed and Bias Selection Process for the selection of Chancellor Michael Lovell, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
- Failed/Refused to respond to public inquiries and to Meet with Mary Glass, Chair/CEO Milwaukee Professionals Association (Neighborhood-Level Protagonist) for solution-building

Public Policy: Accountability Matters
Area: UW Regents

Public Square
All Hands on Deck, WE, Not Me Initiative


Wisconsin Senate

MILWAUKEE, WI
As we continue with the "Open Complaint" against the discriminatory and incorrect practices conducted during the UW Board of Regents Selection Process for the 8th Chancellor of UW-Milwaukee, we are urging the state legislators, the governor and WI Government of Accountability to authorize the WI Attorney General or some special task force to provide recommendations for prevention and intervention of violations that include state statute violations, UW Select Mission, conflict of interest and discrimination; since the Attorney General’s office have said they are limited by law passed by legislature, which makes their primary function as legal counsel of state agencies, including the Board of Regents.

Wisconsin Assembly

Upcoming UW-Madison Chancellor
This is especially timely since the UW Regents are now engaged in the selection of an Interim Chancellor and ultimately a Chancellor for the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

Wisconsin is in varied "discussions" in the public square for not only our complaints of discrimination, conflict of interest and bias conduct; there are budget constraints and recent upheaval that is driving unfavorable public opinion already of the State of Wisconsin.

BACK STORY - Interview Dr. Carolyn "Biddy" Martin, ex-Chancellor - UW-Madision

lIVE @ 5 - MADISON, WI
June 16, 2011



University of Wisconsin-Madison Chancellor Biddy Martin has announced her resignation on Tuesday to become president of Amherst College. She talks about her decision on "Live at 5."

What do you think?

Hang Out at Dryhootch this weekend! - 1030 E. Brady



Friday!

Heart of a Warrior
A Multimedia Project

Friday, June 24, 2011
Time: 12:00-3:00pm



Place: 1030 E. Brady
Milwaukee, WI

Guided by therapist Lin Daley of Vets Journey Home, veterans of all eras are welcome to come express their perceptions on what "the heart of a warrior" really looks like. Using words, colors, shapes, and any other media you choose, Lin will help those to attend to create art and poetry to help reflect how they feel.



No artistic experience is necessary, supplies will be provided, and the event will be hosted in the privacy of the second floor so that only other warriors will share in your personal expression.

Milwaukee Professionals Association supports DryHootch on Brady.

Friday Evening!
6:00pm - 9:00pm

OPEN MIKE NITE:
Friday evening from 6:00-9:00pm, a musical open mic nite hosted by Jason Moon. Warriors are welcome to return to share their thoughts or poetry, backed by Jason's beautiful guitar melodies.

Saturday!
12 Noon

An unplugged concert for our Veterans
We'll being doing stuff from our original song list from the 70's which includes songs by America, Bad Company, Eagles and other great songs. Please come out and lets get a nice crowd for The Veterans of The United Armed Forces.
Join us for a great afternoon of music at the hootch!

Remember, great iced tea! iced coffee, bold coffee, and your brothers & sisters!

Share the event.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Wednesday's Leaders - Terry Prather


Terry Prather - President, Sea World Orlando, Discovery Cove, Aquatica

Host: Caroline Clarke, Black Enterprise - Power Player



Hear about Girl Scout National Girl Scout Chairwoman and Northern Trust - Corporate Social Responsibility Expert Connie Lindsey.

Connie is from Milwaukee, Wisconsin where she became a girl scout with a uniform - thanks to her church - neighborhood-level investment in hidden talent.

NOTE: You will need to PAUSE the "Black Enterprise videos" below.

Wednesday's Leaders - Jill Scott

Jill Scott - Singer, Poet, Author, Mom

The Light of the Sun - An Interview w/Jill Scott by Karen Taylor Bass - Black Enterprise, Brand New You>Customer Reviews

Album of the Year
by Dedrick Meeks
Miss Jill Scott has done it once again!!! This album is amazingly creative from beginning to the end. Welcome Back Jill its good to get some real music back on the charts.

Soooooo Gone!!!!by Stephanie Hampton
Thank you Jill!!! Great chillin track ! I love it!!!! Check out and put it together with other chillin tracks from "VDMC 2011" (El Verano Del Mundo). Great music also with a bit of loungy cafe attitude.

2nd Video - Mary Mary - Gospel Singers
3rd Video - The McBride Sisters - Wine Makers
Andrea and Robin McBride
Host: Tai Beauchamp - The High Life

Quincy Jones - Our World w/Marc Lamont Hill

News 8000 - June 22, 2011






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Latest Headlines
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SAFETY: Parents encouraged to talk to kids about summer safety

Obama likely to bring 10,000 troops home this year
President Barack Obama is expected to bring 10,000 U.S. troops home from
Afghanistan by the end of the year, and set a target of recalling 20,000
additional forces by the end of 2012.

UPDATE: Wisconsin Assembly passes concealed carry bill
Lawmakers in Wisconsin, one of the last states to prohibit the carrying of
concealed weapons, approved lifting the ban Tuesday and sent Republican Gov.
Scott Walker a measure he is expected to quickly sign into law.

Six file paperwork to challenge Wisconsin Senate Dems
Six candidates have filed paperwork to challenge three Democratic state senators
in recall elections this summer.

Taken from News8000.com

Schacknow - TODAY'S PRIMER - June 22, 2011



Peter Schacknow, Senior Producer, CNBC Breaking News Desk

Though June is still shaping up as Wall Street's worst month since August, the bulls seem to have regained their footing, at least for now.

The Dow and the S&P 500 are coming off their first 4-day win streak since the end of May, while the Nasdaq had its best one-day percentage gain since October 5.

U.S. stock index futures are actually pointing a bit lower at the moment, as investors digest the positive outcome of the confidence vote from Greece, and look ahead to today's Federal Reserve interest rate decision and statement.

This is one of the FOMC meetings that will be followed by a news conference held by Fed chairman Ben Bernanke, so the decision and statement will come at 12:30pm ET, while the news conference will begin at 2:15pm ET.

While we await the Fed decision, investors will get a look at the latest budget projections from the Congressional Budget Office, due out at 10am ET.

Two usual weekly Wednesday reports will be out this morning: the Mortgage Bankers Association's weekly look at mortgage applications at 7am ET, and the EIA's measure of oil and gasoline inventories at 10:30am ET.

The government will also release its Home Price Index data for April at 10am ET, with economists looking for a drop of 0.3% compared to the prior month.
Dow Transportation component FedEx will be out with earnings this morning, as will vehicle seller CarMax (KMX).
After the closing bell, we'll get the latest quarterly numbers from Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY), Paychex (PAYX), and Red Hat (RHT).

Stocks to watch this morning include Jabil Circuit (JBL) which beat estimates with its fiscal third quarter earnings and revenues, but gave a Q4 forecast that was below Street forecasts.

Adobe Systems (ADBE) also beat estimates for its latest quarter, and gave a forecast that straddles analyst estimates.

We'll watch shares of AstraZeneca (AZN), which has sold its Astra Tech unit to Dentsply (XRAY) in a $1.8 billion deal.

Nokia (NOK) has announced a major revamping of its business operations, in hopes of competing more effectively against its rivals.

Yahoo (YHOO) is in the news for three different reasons: Alibaba, Softbank, and Yahoo issued a joint statement saying they're making progress in resolving a dispute over ownership of Alibaba's Alipay electronic payments unit.

And TechCrunch is reporting that Yahoo is looking to replace CEO Carol Bartz, but a Yahoo source told CNBC that Bartz has the full support of the board.

Also, the LA Times is reporting that Yahoo is the unnamed party that's approached Hulu about a possible, but the Yahoo source would not comment on that.

CNBC's Julia Boorstin confirms that Hulu has been approached, and that Google (GOOG) was not the potential buyer, as had also been rumored.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

WISCONSIN WEDC - Department of Licensing - Department of Commerce

Public Policy: Appointed and Elected Officials

Secretary Paul Jadin - WI Department of Commerce

Where are African American, other People of Color and the Work-Challenged?

They may not be the largest population in Wisconsin, Caucasians are. However, the disproportionate way they have been treated via power-grab (best positions taken - qualified or not - "privileged", discrimination, denials, segregation, pitting-against-each other, greed, impoverish quality of life, stereotyping, law enforcement wrongs and judicial blindness; MPA Calls for INCLUSION.

We challenge the NEW Governor to create the NEW energy with INCLUSIVENESS.

Commerce to Undergo Overhaul Video - Sec. Jadin and Mike Gousha, Channel 12
http://youtu.be/AGrC5w9gPr8

Transition to the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation
Steve Sabatke, Economic Development Consultant
http://commedia.wi.gov/main/Viewer/?peid=d38438910baf4fefbf6df215742ad1d4

Did you know that employees (390) will be divided? Did you know that Sec. Jadin and those under his command WILL NOT be state employees? Did you know that some will stay with him (110-120) and the rest will move to the Department of Regulations and Licensing as non-state employees?

When I listen to NEW Commerce Secretary Paul Jadin, ex-Mayor of Green Bay, Wisconsin, talk with Mike Gousha, I do not feel he has a "fair command" of what he is to do. He talks about energy, bold initiative, package incentives, excitement, quick response-turnaround, changing the landscape - a significant amount of disjointed terms. Disjointed because I do not hear the infrastructure that includes ALL the people who may want to participate.

For those of us who know that change-reform-overhaul requires time for the participants and end-users to come on board, FOR SETTLING DOWN, I do not hear underpinning statements. Perhaps it is just too early to tell.

I do know that Governor Walker came in with a powered two-body majority legislature that has proven to be a slash/destroy "Machete".



Steven Sabatke, Economic Development Consultant gives a pleasant pitch. However, he is the messenger for Governor Walker, WEDC Committee and Secretary Jadin.

Most importantly, listening to the three: WI Governor Scott Walker on Squawk Box - June 21, 2011, Secretary Paul Jadin, January 30, 2011 and Steve Sabatke, Economic Development Consultant (this include the newly created WEDC Oversight committee of which Governor Walker is the Chair and Corey Hoze is the lone ranger African American, that I know of). We should have full-court of citizenry. this is a NEW development in our state, All Hands on Deck.

Also, why is the Governor on the oversight committee, is this a Conflict of Interest?

Fascade want get it
They have the talking points - They are working on sharpening their presentation. The new ideas around the WEDC could work, I say - could work. However; what they are saying, not saying , is more than enough for our office to Call for the Beef - Actions, transparency, buy-in; a blueprint that will truly impact the economic development climate in the state of Wisconsin that bring ALL to the table. To set a tone long after they are gone from office. Which may be less than a term, said Mary Glass, Chair/CEO, Milwaukee Professionals Association.

They (Governor and Secretary) both are eager to make a name for themselves. That can be dangerous if the "public-private" partnership being tossed around only include the haves, Caucasians, power brokers in the Construction trades, real estate barons, and those that they already call "business partners".

There is suppose to be a balance and always for the betterment of the People and the sustainability of the state.

At the present time, I do not see our elected legislators able to or willing to see that principled-centered leadership - TRUST - CONFIDENCE OF THE PEOPLE, ACCOUNTABILITY, BEST PRACTICES, CUSTOMER CARE be on the table before we open the door in July, 2011.

This must be about Wisconsin.
Not just some Wisconsinites; but ALL Wisconsinites.

Video - Secretary Jadin
When you listen to the video, ask yourself where you, your neighborhood-level businesses, your hidden talent, your submerged and emerging ideas fit in.

When the Secretary talks about "Package Incentives" (creativity, does that include you)?

When he speaks of the second goal of the newly created WEDC - Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, "quick turnaround", do you really believe he is speaking of you in any way of substance?

Yes. African American, other People of Color and the Work-Challenged have a stake in the government tax coffers (those made in Wisconsin and the federal coffers). The state of Wisconsin receive a lot of money on behalf of these citizens with the hope that they will be able to take advantage of the various proposals and incentives given to ensure that these families are able to share their God-given, trained and practicum talents.

Yes. We welcome a "changed landscape", but we do not see the infrastructure that make it a reality.

Yes. There must be Leadership and Vision; however, it must come with All Hands on Deck, WE, Not Me ideas. It can not be a top-down, Governor Scott Walker and Cronies operation with a maschete and none buy-in by those who have been for DECADES left out "by design". They are the many, the tens-of-thousands he failed while Milwaukee County Executive. Here is your opportunity.

Yes. Let's get excited. But, the excitement should be so all can weather the storms of Mother Nature, ponzy and greed, "divisiveness", racial and cultural uproar and outright global competition. Start off right so you can end on the side of success.

A divided house can not and will not stand - no matter who it is or where it is.

Listen and see what you think.

11,500 Manufacturing, Unemployment 7.4% - Says Gov. Scott Walker, fact or spin

Public Policy: Elected Officials
June 21, 2011

Squawk Box - CNBC - See if your facts add up to what

WI Governor Scott Walker
said this morning on Squawk Box CNBC. He was the guest host for 2 hours.



This morning on Squawk Box, the Governor of Wisconsin was engaged in "spin w-squawk". He gave the picture that he came from Milwaukee County (county executive)with such a glowing record of success - so successful he was elected 3 times. Along with the, "We are Moving On with great guns of progress Message". NOT.

Facts Checked at Door
Did anyone check the facts as to who voted for him? What the election totals were about? What the racial and unemployment climate was? How debt mounted and services were abandoned in the City of Milwaukee - the bulk of Milwaukee county.

What about the dismal shape Milwaukee County was in "while he was County Executive". And the dismal shape it was left in.

Bamboozled
Then, there are the many across the state that bought his hype. They, their children and grandchildren were bamboozled - they have now found religion - their expected nest eggs (savings, plans for future, retirement), was "kicked-to-the-curb" with NEW CLAIMS of "structural deficits and benefits" dismantling.

The overused and disingenuous claims/refrain by journalists and elected officials of "kicking the the can down the road" and "protecting our children's future" is "con".

Their children and their children's children will fall on a sword of spin. They have to first "make-it-to-tomorrow". With the greed, ME-and-ME, only the wealthy survive, pitting one-group-or-race-against another, spin such as this morning, scaring-the-hell-out-those who have bought into the con, and on and on; their children and grandchildren will be those that are culturally and racially disadvantaged - just like so many of us of color and work-challenged.

The NOW benefits that are called "entitlements and safety valves" - FEMA, social security benefits, etc., that Rep. Paul Ryan and Governor Walker "cream over and toss around" as must-go", will leave the uninformed standing with their mouths open as so many were when Walker came in with his powered senate and assembly voting machete. He in the stroke of a pen killed promised transportation employment and the sacred cow promise of "collective bargaining".

He did this without a blink of an eye - looking in the camera just as he did this morning. It is now a "passed law" and many who voted for him, have earned benefits and present jobs up-for-grab; as well as, "Recalls" that may cost upwards of $30 million.

He mention a couple times his allegiance with Rep. Paul Ryan - both of them have a short memory when it comes to government support to their families through social security and entitlements - they seem to have forgotten how social security and entitlements was their "bootrap economics with their families"

Who's Zooming
When Mother Nature finish destroying the housing-residential and commercial real estate of the towns-cites property stock, baby boomers succumb to older age and needed care, nest eggs and retirements plans eaten up by the ponzy schemes on wall street, main street and elected officials con street; they will curse the days of old - 2010-2011-2012 and so on.

The con games that are coming from our elected officials in the "NOW POWER" OF decision making is heavily in "kicking cans-families-legacies-the constitution-all laws that are human-civil-legal down-the-road, off-the-road,to meet their ends. It is about greed. It is about their wins; and your loss - that is if you are not part of their selective teams. Haves vs have nots.

Job seekers wait at a job fair Wednesday in Southfield, Mich. For most of the nation, May was the worst for job creation in 11 months. Wisconsin added only about 900 private-sector jobs last month.By John Schmid of the Journal Sentinel

After the year got off to a solid start, Wisconsin last month abruptly registered the slowest pace of job creation so far in 2011 while the unemployment rate inched higher to 7.4% from 7.3% in April. That is not anywhere near what it is for African American, other People of Color and the Work-Challenged - We are usually 5 times the minimun in census tracts of Milwaukee.

NEW jobs - 25,000
What is that all about? Where are these 25,000 jobs in Wisconsin? Who is reaping the benefits of these jobs? How much "dough" did the businesses that are BOOMING receive from the ARRA - American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Stimulus? How many of the businesses are in Milwaukee (the highest unemployment) in the largest city of the state? Milwaukee, the place that Governor Walker touts about excellence for his Milwaukee administration? How much are these 25,000 people making? What are the positions? Are they temporary, seasonal or permanent? Do they come with affordable health benefits? Were they seasonal with other trends? And, on and on.

Secretary of Commerce
Perhaps someone can tell us how to get WI Secretary of Commerce - Paul Jadin, appointed December 30, 2010, and the newly formed WEDC - Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (Governor Scott Walker, Dan Ariens, Scott Klug, Lisa Mauer, Rep. Peter Barca, Paul Radspinner, Raymond Dreger, C. Thomas Sylke, Sen. Randy Hopper, Don Webber, Corey Hoze, Rep. Mary Williams, Sen. Julie Lassa, Mike Huebsch and Richard Chandler), to respond to us at Milwaukee Professionals Association to help ensure that African American, other People of Color and the Work-Challenged (All Hands on Deck, WE, Not Me Initiative) are "in the loop" to truly impact debt and the economy.

Below are other videos for your viewing of this morning's Squawk Box with WI Governor Scott Walker.

Wisconsin job growth hits skid in May; slowdown bodes ill for Walker goal - BUSINESS - By John Schmid of the Journal Sentinel
http://www.jsonline.com/business/124013694.html?sort=last+to+first&page=2

According to Jake's Economic TA Funhouse (http://jakehasablog.blogspot.com/2011/06/jobs-walkers-wisconsin-is-losing-its.html) you can see some different dialog and stats.

For sure, his bump or bubble escaped African American, other People of Color and the Work-Challenged.

Take a look and see what you think?

For more on this mornings visit - transcript, interview that included ex-governor Dean and CEO Dusty McCoy - Brunswick.

Rocky Road to 2012
http://video.cnbc.com/gallery/?video=3000028835

Balancing the Budget
http://video.cnbc.com/gallery/?video=3000028825

Why Wisconsin Works - We are Open for Business
http://video.cnbc.com/gallery/?video=3000028387

Note: I found CEO/Chairman McCoy disingenuous with the 3,000 number at first(prior to explanation) and the failure to mention that his company's negotiations started two years ago under the administration of Jim Doyle. To Scott Walker's credit, he mentioned that it was his predecessor.

These are the nooks and crannies of misrepresentation that too many times go unnoticed. We are mentioning them today.

Schacknow - TODAY'S PRIMER


Peter Schacknow, Senior Producer, CNBC Breaking News Desk
June 21, 2011

Though investors are still focused on the ongoing debt drama in Greece, they appear to have - as Mad Money's Jim Cramer puts it - written off the catastrophe scenario.

The Dow and S&P 500 are coming off their first 3-day win streak in about three weeks, and stock index futures are pointing to a higher open for U.S. markets this morning.

The Greece situation is still in the spotlight, though, with a confidence vote for Greece's cabinet set for later today.

Unlike yesterday, there are events on both the earnings and economic calendar today - most prominently, the start of a two-day FOMC policy-setting meeting.

That meeting will conclude with an interest rate decision and statement tomorrow, followed by Fed chairman Ben Bernanke's news conference.

As for statistical releases, the National Association of Realtors is out with May existing home sales at 10am ET. Economists predict a 5.0% drop from April levels to an annual rate of 4.8 million units. In April, sales had dropped by 0.8%.

Drug retailer Walgreen (WAG) and cruise line operator Carnival (CCL) are the most prominent of this morning's earnings reports, while Adobe Systems (ADBE) and Jabil Circuit (JBL) will release their quarterly reports after the closing bell this afternoon.

Insurer Chubb (CB) is a stock to watch this morning, after upping its estimated catastrophe losses for April and May because of the rash of tornadoes and severe storms.

Nokia (NOK) could see some further downward pressure, after unveiling a new smartphone that did not impressed analysts.

ConocoPhillips (COP) and Occidental Petroleum (OXY) also make the watch list, as the two receive SEC inquiries about their operations in Libya.

Tyco (TYC) may get some investor attention today, as it's in talks to buy Israeli electronic security systems maker Visionic.

And BP (BP) will get $75 million from oil services group Weatherford (WFT) in conjunction with the Gulf oil spill.

Weatherford provided equipment used in the Macondo well, and it will be indemnified against any economic claims related to the spill as part of the agreement.

Bartiromo - Investor Brief: A Thrilling Week

Maria Bartiromo

Week of June 20, 2010
The big story continues to be the health of the U.S. economy as investors try to make sense out of sometimes conflicting data. I still hear worries of a slow patch, and the market of course hates the uncertainty. Still, the S&P 500 and the Dow managed to finish last week in positive territory for the first time in seven weeks. Nasdaq couldn’t match that performance, finishing down 1%.

It was quite a week for me personally, as well. As you may have heard, I was in Chicago for the National Cable and Telecommunications Associations’ Cable Show, and Wednesday I was inducted into the Cable Hall of Fame. It was an incredible honor to be the first female journalist to join this illustrious group and just the second journalist, after my colleague Bernard Shaw. It was also an honor to be inducted along with Jeff Bewkes, Chairman and CEO of Time Warner.

As is often the case, it caused me look back at my career and the last 20+ years that I have been in broadcasting. I started out in this business covering “firsts.” My first big experience in cable was as a producer covering the first Gulf War in Iraq when Bernard Shaw was reporting from under the bed in his hotel room as the bombs began to fall in Baghdad.

That had a tremendous impact on me because it was the first time I really grasped the impact of covering and broadcasting events as they happened. That’s how I grew up in cable, and it gave me the conviction to move to another first: broadcasting from the floor of the NYSE and covering the financial news as it was unfolding.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Public-Colleges Responsibilty to the Public Square



Glass Responds to article by Jeffrey Selingo in The Chronicle of Higher Education


Public Policy - Public Square
June 19, 2011

Milwaukee, WI
I agree that public-college leaders (chancellor-president-board of regents/governors-faculty and administrators) are NOT doing their part to collectively “open the door” to needed dialog, communication, ideas, and buy-in with the People for addressing the myriad of issues facing the universities and the customer base they serve. This includes public-colleges that are: 2-year, 4-year and above.

They are allowing “opportunities of engagement” in our national infrastructure wellness to go untapped. Specifically, to engage the public domain - students, parents-tax payers-business leaders (especially at the neighborhood-level), elected-appointed leaders, donors, faculty, and staff in a “WE” format for higher standards of operation that will yield economic growth, durable budget requirements, research and development, global competitiveness and BOOSTING graduations with relevant certifications and degrees.



New Paradigm
A NEW paradigm for the second decade of the 21st Century is needed. It is below the “cruise level”, 30,000 feet above the ground. It is where the have-nots and the potential middle class are en masse.

It includes the social media concept but not limited to web-based and mobile technology, especially since there is a huge digital gap in our urban and rural populations. Our public-colleges (2-year, 4-year and above) must get the attention and buy-in of their customer base. That means innovative ideas and actions that include digital partnerships with the neighborhood-level residential and commercial population and partnering with all three levels of the public school system to maximize all common coffers funding (local-state-federal-donor).

It is a NEW day at the “public square”. It has/is expanding due to the local, national and global demands for practicum and real time links in the world of education-to-work, education-to-research, education-to-technology and education-to-neighborhood level business development (rural and urban).

The successful public-college classroom is “today’s realities” in discovery, remedy and wellness. It is Life Science, Digital Technology and Energy Security through INNOVATION – bold INNOVATION in problem solving. Creating an excitement in the city or town that galvanizes the “entire” population in problem solving.



Head wind
There are growing head winds that can and will prevent budget and economic growth. They can be addressed with success at this time. For example, the top competitor in Wisconsin for line item funding in the biennial budget is the “WI Correctional System”. That is a social issue that our flagship university, University of Wisconsin – Madison law school, should have as a No. 1 case method – working with the neighborhood stakeholders and the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee (where most of the men and women come from Enduring Concentrated Poverty and return for quality of life and sustainability). However, the refrain is high recidivism due to lack of dialog that could produce change and reform.

This is true not only for UW-Madison, a flagship public-college, but all public-colleges in or near large urban and rural settings that have large populations of African American, other People of Color and the Work-Challenged (un-, and under-employed; un-, under-skilled; un-, under-financed neighborhood-level businesses, disabled, and re-entry (those returning from WAR, INCARCERATION, Boomerang unemployment and Boomerang Retirement).

For Wisconsin, it speaks to state statute 36.01(1)(2) and Mission. So, why aren’t we addressing this crucial human issue in the public square?
Public-colleges have a built-in Empowerment Zone. It is their target audience, The People – their constituents. The taxpayers, heads of households, students (all students, especially those who have been “by design” left out) have much to offer - valuable hidden talent, submerging markets and emerging markets that can cure many ills and help improve our floundering economy.

President Obama’s administration is making it possible for education and technology attainment.

Whether a flagship or a newly established public-college, the college must take the lead, be engaged in informing the public so that they are producing individuals in the public domain with degrees and certifications that are relevant.

It is not all about the lofty towers of years of degrees, written books and writing published papers for notoriety in published journals that do not affect the bottom line. Quality of life, economic development and global competitiveness in the life science, digital technology and energy/environment security are paramount for ongoing discussion and action in the public square. The threats of the public domain are too acute.

Trust - Substance
Chancellors and presidents must be seen as part of the whole and trustworthy. Their success in public relations as well as those they work with on campus must lead in outreach to the larger community that they have neglected especially those cities and towns with Enduring Concentrated Poverty. For these are the areas for emphasis of public-colleges - their reason for being. The growing cost of tuitions by leaps and bound have reached a crescendo level. Students are experiencing high education debt that is drowning the current graduate and bankrupting families – default on loans that are co-signed by parents or god-forbid, the death of the college student. This is compounding when at graduation time there are no jobs and shortly after graduation loan payments are due.

To the question of, does anyone of substance want these jobs? I would say definitely. My question is what we are defining as “substance”?

Just as there has been the influx of charter-choice at the elementary-secondary level of public education, it will present itself in the months and years to come at the 2-year, 4-year and above colleges.

Why? Because there are large funding dollars around public education. Case-and-point, the reform sought by Governor Scott Walker is a hybrid model of what I mean – siphoning off and creaming the crop with power while using public funds. In 2009-2010, Milwaukee‘s Mayor Tom Barrett and then Governor Jim Doyle staged a heated and unsuccessful try at taking over the public school in Milwaukee. It was all about getting control of public education funding.

Governor Walker is removing the cap so others with higher incomes can siphon off the funding from Milwaukee Public Schools. Milwaukee being the largest city, over a half-million people and Milwaukee Public Schools were at 82,000 students. The “substance” here is the government funds.

Incentive
Given that public-college ex-Chancellor Carolyn A. “Biddy” Martin, University of WI-Madison, annual salary was about $430,000, without adding 25% benefits; spacious housing accommodations for 11,000 square feet (with full staff) and a personal skybox at Badgers football games; I do not think there will be a problem finding someone. The problem is, will it be the right one who will speak out in the public square for Wisconsinites?

The problem for the stakeholders – students, parents and taxpayers, is receiving the dynamism that is expected and/or needed from the new leader for the funds paid and time served. Often this may be two-4 years; before one leaves. Since Dr. Martin came in 2008, she is less than four years in tenure.

So, the questions are: What is the focus of the selected public-college leader that takes the position? How will he/she be evaluated? Who will they answer to? Will they receive expectations that are comparable to the task at hand? Are they qualified? Will President Kevin Reilly, the WI Board of Regents and the search committee do the right thing in selecting the next UW-Madison Chancellor? Given the recent Code of Conduct in the recent University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee selection of the eight chancellors, we will see.

BIG DADDY'S Curry Chicken Skewers Video



Big Daddy's House - Aaron McCargo, Jr., Food Network



Recipe
Curry Chicken Skewers
Chunks of chicken are marinated in the tastes of the tropics and grilled.

Follow the step-by-step presentation by Big Daddy as he prepares the marinade - the special seasoning for chicken.

A real nice dish to add while cooking on the patio, deck or otherwise while enjoying the outside.

For Big Daddy's Recipe, CLICK

Enjoy!

Father's Day - Sunday, June 19, 2011


Rev. Willie B. Glass, Minister, Educator, Singer

Fathers in all their splendor and human moments are remembered today.

Here's to the "Rev" (my father) and all the fathers, Happy Father's Day!

Friday, June 17, 2011

Congrats to Tracy L. Meeks - Senior Vice President/North Division Manager

Neighborhood-Level business leader


Tracy Meeks is responsible for business development and the overall management of the bank's North Division, which consist of banks in Milwaukee, WI and Waukegan, IL.



Meeks has more than 23 years in the banking and financial services industries. Prior to joining Seaway Bank in 2006, he was a business financial advisor for Merrill Lynch, where he developed and managed corporate lending and cash management business. He also has significant commercial and real estate banking expertise gained at a number of midwest-based banks. He hold's a bachelor's degree in business management.

We wish him and Seaway Bank and Trust historic business ventures and customer care in the Milwaukee area that will help catapult "neighborhood-level" businesses into mainstream economic affluence and wealth-building.