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Saturday, July 30, 2011

Smiley & West Poverty Tour

Speak the Truth Tavis, it is badly needed.

The POVERTY TOUR, A Call to Conscience
August 6-12, 2011

For more info, go to:

Friday, July 29, 2011

MAJOR RESERVATIONS w/Street Car Project in Milwaukee

"We are providing our STRONG reservations of another DOWNTOWN/EAST SIDE only use of federal dollars sent to the City of Milwaukee". "I assure you, they are interested in “upward mobility”, raising property values, attracting businesses, attracting customers, being a customer, use of talents, defining our city in tourism and city ambience".
Mary Glass, Chair/CEO, Milwaukee Professionals Association

July 29, 2011


As one of, and the last signer-organization with Sustainable Milwaukee for the Class-Action suit regarding the federal $241 Transportation Millions regarding JOBS (the dwindled federal funding, argued dollars between Mayor Barrett and then County Executive Scott Walker). My exposure to the "claim of jobs and/or dangling job promise" go back some years here in the City of Milwaukee - over many projects.

The BOGUS promise of Jobs
I have seen over-and-over the promise of “JOBS" with no accumulative value for Milwaukeeans, especially African American, other People of Color or those with construction talents, paid union dues, and neighborhood-level business ownership. I have seen elected-appointed-hired-voluteered publicize this as a given; but, in actuality it has been smoke-n-mirrors and bait-and-switch scams.

For all intensive purposes, it is/was as if the taxpayers/true stakeholders did not exist except for perfunctory meetings for documentation of citizenry participation. However, those “invited” to the meeting (Milwaukee taxpayers/stakeholders) were given the scope by the high rollers. The People/Milwaukeeans were “by design” left out of revenue sharing and strategic buy-in of the start-ups. By the time they arrived, deals had been cut that instituted legal greed, cronyism, ME-ME-ME, Caucasian only leadership, planning, governing and employment.

Street Car Website
You need only look at who is making the comments on the website.
You need only look at where the route is.
You need only look at the marketing on the website that exclude rather than “include”.
You need only look at the “consultant-value”/boosting.
You need only look at who is/has been around the table.
The promise of jobs-promise of jobs is not credible.
For the Streetcar Website, go to:

Discrimination with Arrogance
The Streetcar Project is an excellent example of “Discrimination with Arrogance” that is being called to question with the UW System by Milwaukee Professionals Association.

It is an infrastructural and systemic way of “excluding” People of Color and the Work-Challenged with a bang – with endorsements such as Senator Chris Larson, Senator Lena Taylor, Representative Christine Sinicki and Representative Jon Richards.

What townhall meetings, face-to-face panels, email outreach, telephone ballots and surveys can the Milwaukee Common Council and other elected officials share that represent the wishes of African American, other People of Color and Work-Challenged that are “trapped” in enduring concentrated poverty in the City of Milwaukee?

I assure you, African American, other People of Color and the Work-Challenged were the major donors of the seed money up-for-grabs.
I assure you, they are interested in “upward mobility”, raising property values, attracting businesses, attracting customers, being a customer, use of talents, defining our city in tourism and city ambience.

They are the hundred-thousand that represent the 2011 Reversal Spatial Mismatch (jobs in the city, business opportunity in the city, with earmarked funding for the city; but, African American, other People of Color and the Work-Challenged are “by design” left out).

The Streetcar Project (rail movement) has had different names. The project seems to always be downtown-east side and exclude the hearts of Milwaukee of Color and needed-development of the City of Milwaukee. What’s that about?

It usually have the backing of philanthropic donors for favors, the real estate barons, high rollers in lobbying, cronyism, take-over of city funding, outsourcing our opportunities for employment through groups like the Milwaukee 7, Milwaukee Metropolitan Association of Commerce and the Greater Milwaukee Committee. Enough already.

We have been there many times. We have the wounds and scars to show – decades of unemployment-quality of life and lack of economic development recovery. Generations “trapped” into less-than behavior and non-productivity for acquiring wealth.

We expect you, Senator Larson (7th District), Senator Lena Taylor (4th District), Representative Christine Sinicki (20th District), and Representative Jon Richards (19th District) to check with the your constituents of Color and Work-Challenged for their take on this for leadership, not abandonment. Additionally, to work on creating “networks”-links to technology, research and education attainment for input that will help show you the huge VOIDS in projects like this.

We must bring ALL to the table when proposing use-of-federal and government funding/resources of the City of Milwaukee. We cannot continue to have strategic planning and governance by Caucasian-only bodies and especially those Caucasians who take their salaries and tax dollars to the suburbs.

Where is the Memorandum of Understanding that speaks to the many/most heads of household with enduring concentrated poverty in the City Milwaukee?

What’s the relevance, impact, critical mass of JOBS we are guaranteed, once the dust settles?

What are the transparency, monitoring, enforcement and accountability best practices that will guarantee the human-civil-legal rights of Milwaukeeans mentioned when the devil gets in the detail through the office of Mayor Tom Barrett, the Departments of City Development, Department of Public Works, Department of Neighborhood Services, Emerging Business, Milwaukee Economic Development Corporation and Community Development Block Grant.

For NOW, we give a Thumb down on this idea - Numbers do not add up for African American, other People of Color and the Work-Challenged - NOT INCLUSIVE and sends the wrong signals.

The LARSON REPORT - July 29, 2011

Senator Chris Larson - 7th District, Milwaukee, WI

This week Senator Larson reports on:
 Milwaukee Streetcar Project to Continue
 Milwaukee County Faces Another Transit Setback
 Vote on Unemployment Scheduled for Monday After Two Week Delay
 Debt Ceiling Deadline Days Away

As a strong supporter of the Milwaukee Streetcar project, I was happy to see that the Milwaukee Common Council voted 10-5 this past Tuesday to move forward with the project. This project has received strong support from Milwaukee business and community leaders alike and is a positive step towards improving our community's transportation infrastructure and economic prosperity.

I submitted to the Milwaukee Common Council in support of the Milwaukee Streetcar project.

This project is a direct investment of $65 million in the future success of Milwaukee. The immediate benefits of approving this plan will be the creation of over 300 new construction jobs. Many of these jobs will go to family, friends and neighbors in our community who have been struggling to find work due to the economic downturn.

Furthermore, it is estimated that over the next 20 years the economic development potential within the quarter-mile buffer of the initial route and extensions of the Milwaukee Streetcar could generate approximately:

-- 20,500 new jobs (23% increase)
-- 1,000,000 square feet of new occupied retail space (31% increase)
-- 4,000,000 square feet of new occupied office space (28% increase)
-- $3.35 billion in new tax base
-- 9,000 new housing units (63% increase)
-- 13,500 new residents (55% increase)

Establishing this successful initial streetcar system will allow for practical expansions in the future as funding and market demand dictates.

For copy of letter sent by Senator Larson, Senator Taylor, Representative Sinicki and Representative Richards, go to:

the Streetcar Website, go to:

We will share additional comments from Senator Larson's Newsletter over this weekend.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

In the Public Square OF Higher Education - DISCRIMINATION WITH ARROGANCE, Part IIII

July 28, 2011

Milwaukee Professionals Association Open Complaint against President Reilly and the University of Wisconsin Regents

ALL HANDS ON DECK, WE, Not Me Initiative

"Milwaukee ranks across the board as among the most segregated metropolises in the nation. It has among the highest rates of racial inequality across a whole range of indicators: black-white joblessness, black-white poverty and black-white ownership of businesses, said Dr. Mark Levine. "There's a bit of civic embarrassment and sensitivity to it".
Taken from, "10 Most Segregated Urban areas in America" by By Daniel Denvir, Salon Magazine, March 29, 2011.

African American, People of Color, and the Work-Challenged in the City of Milwaukee continues to weathered the storm. It is at this time that the leadership of Milwaukee Professionals Association Call for Action and efforts of the people that seeks INFRASTRUCTURAL and systemic changes for present and long-term sustainability. MPA seeks to uncover hidden talent and emerging markets at the neighborhood-level that taps into the global market of "Options for Success".

Key to education and technology is access, literacy and fluency through our public and private venues that receive government funding on behalf of the population.

UW-Milwaukee is a source of start for the Education Trifecta.

Fact Sheet
-- Milwaukee Professionals Association
-- Initiative - ALL HANDS on DECK was created January 23, 2010
-- An initiative to "re-define", "re-brand" and "un-trap" over a half-million Milwaukeeans from Enduring Concentrated Poverty.
-- Brainchild of Mary Glass - Protagonist/Advocate

-- BOTTOM-UP Recovery plan to change the majority per capita income from below poverty to Middle Class (2010-2020).

-- Education and Technology Attainment with access, literacy and fluency at the top of the scale will BOOST Graduating rates, expand opportunites technically as well as leverage other soft and medium academic and practicum needs.

-- Target audience is increasing by the day.
-- Target audience are African American, other People of Color and the Work-Challenged. WORK-CHALLENGED consist of all races and nationalities. They are:
** un- and under-employed
** un- and under-skilled (education and technology attainment)
** un- and under-funded/capitalized businesses (for-profit and non-profit)
** disabled
** re-entry from WAR
** re-entry from INCARCERATION
** re-entry from Boomerang employment
** re-entry from Boomerang retirement

-- City of Milwaukee over 604,000
-- African American 39.5% with 41% poverty
-- Latino 14.9% with 38% poverty
-- Caucasian 43.6% with 12% poverty
-- Asian 3.6% 9% poverty*
-- American Indian 0.8% with 9% poverty*
-- Children of Milwaukee 41% poverty
* Shared poverty count, less than 9%, 2006 Poverty rates (more today)


March 29, 2011 ... Ten Most Segregated urban areas in America, by Daniel Denvir, Salon Magazine
-- Milwaukee is consistently rated one of the country's most segregated metro areas.

March 23, 2011 ... 2011 Forbes Report
-- Milwaukee ranked 52 out of 52 worse cities for People of Color entrepreneurs

December 20, 2010 ... DWilson Consulting Group gave dismal and pathetic engagement of People of Color in Milwaukee's Emerging Business program

Apr 6, 2010 ... Forbes Names Milwaukee America's Worst Selling Housing Market.

-- Nationwide, blacks have been concentrated in the inner city, far away from where new jobs are created. Yet the case of Milwaukee is extreme: 90 percent of the metro area's black population lives in the city. Making matters worse, suburban whites are notably hostile to building any form of public transit to connect city people to suburban jobs, further exacerbating segregation's ill effects.

"It's not really controversial in Milwaukee. No one seriously doubts we're a highly segregated place. It's only controversial because this work, which has never been published, never been peer reviewed, and isn't taken seriously by any academic experts, purported to show something that some local political leaders wanted to tout in order to make Milwaukee look better," says Levine. "These non-faculty contract researchers got a grant from a local foundation whose president said, 'I don't think Milwaukee is really as segregated as all these studies have shown. Can you run some numbers that show that?'"

Dr. Mark Levine - UW-Milwaukee, senior fellow and the founding director of the Center for Economic Development. He teaches in the Department of History and the Urban Studies Programs at UW-Milwaukee, and is also Professeur invité at the Université du Québec, Institut national de la recherche scientifique-Urbanisation, in Montreal.

- Brookings Institution and Federal Reserve Enduring Challenge of Concentrated Poverty Case Study

-- Milwaukee was identified as one of the 16 American cities with "Spatial Mismatch" as one of the lables.

- Atlanta Constitution report on "redlining" - The Color of Money (1989)

- From President Lyndon Johnson's Kerner Commission Report on "provocations of rioting" (1964)

For more on the 10 Most Segregated areas in America, go to:

He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable... Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dryhootch - Rummage Sale - July 30, 2011

CVSO Rummage Sale
Great Buys, Help a Veteran
Saturday, July 30, 2011

MILWAUKEE, WI - Brady DryHootch, 1030 E. Brady Street, 9:00am - 4:00pm.

Local County Veterans Service Office (CVSO) and American Legion Post 23 will hold a rummage sale in the Dryhootch courtyard.

You can help with building the proceeds to purchase winter coats, hats, and gloves for homeless and at-risk veterans.

Good quality new and used clothing and shoes will be sold. Please stop by and take a look!

Brady Street will be closed for the Brady Fest.
Parking is available on side streets.

For more information, contact Jim Duff at (414) 382-1753.

Milwaukee Professionals Association supports Dryhootch Brady - A neighborhood-level organization.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

In the Public Square OF Higher Education - DISCRIMINATION WITH ARROGANCE, Part III

July 27, 2011

Milwaukee Professionals Association Open Complaint against President Reilly and the University of Wisconsin Regents

Lack of transparency and accountability is long overdue in the way the People’s business is being conducted.

The fast-talking, juggernaut advertisement and spin, smoke-n-mirrors, bait-and-switch, cronyism, conflict of interest, in-your-face fraud, disregard for Code of Ethics/Conduct/Civility (being my neighbor’s keeper) and human-civil-legal rights are seemingly stated in the public; but, not how the elected-appointed-hired-volunteered representative guard the coffers, policies, laws and public trust.

The political climate is severely damaged – for the most part, because WE the People have not CALLED FOR COMPLIANCE. Accountability Matters.

The lobbyists, large contributors to campaigns, real estate barons, philanthropic donors for favors, high rolling juggernauts, heads of tickets, greed and ME-ME-ME has taken over. It needs radical surgery for “permanent” removal – it is self-destructive in a competitive world that is global in power. The wealth of the world is not in or owned by Americans. It is by Asians, Africans, India and South American emerging markets. European countries and European wealth has deteriorated and is in further decline – Greece, Italy, Spain and the UK.

Segregation, discrimination, arbitrary and capricious acts and lack of fairness are major tools of the negative political environment in Wisconsin and the USA.

INNOVATION - Education and Technology attainment is so crucial at this time.

We are not focused on the WE agenda. It is the only way we will survive the regular “natural disasters”, “health disasters”, “oil/energy crisis’”, bank indifferences and failures, houses under water, ponzi/hedge fund schemes, lost retirement packages, uncivilized cuts in Medicare/Medicaid, Social Security and MASSIVE poverty.

Discrimination with Arrogance speaks to wantonly performing an act of disregard.

When discovered and questioned, Code of Ethics should automatically kick in with immediate corrective measures that include massive awareness of discovery. Failure to immediately address malfeasance and misfeasance, allows for further deterioration and irrevocable harm. It stunts public trust, halts growth and demeans the present and additional “pipeline” processes, programs, leaders, staffers, groups and the university systems.

Too often, by the time “due process” is confronted, as in the Open Complaint, widespread wrongdoings are galactic and costly – as in the Open Complaint against UW Regent and President Kevin Reilly. Nevertheless, reform and change must begin for growth and sustainability. This is where we see our elected-appointed-hired-volunteered representatives should step up as the back-up and Recovery Plan.

So far, we have personally contacted the leaders below. Unfortunately, they have not passed the test of expectations so far. They have not honored their OATH OF OFFICE. They have for the most part, hid.

They are:
State Attorney General JB Van Hollen – Gave “limited authority” prevented investigation and recommendation of UW System – Department of Justice represents state agencies (UW Board of Regents is a state agency).

Board of Accountability Judge Thomas Barland, Judge Gerald C. Nichol, Judge Michael Brennan, Judge Thomas Cane, Judge David G. Deininger, Judge Timothy Vocke (via Director and General Counsel Kevin Kennedy) – May 12, 2011 response.

We have received your filing.

Kevin J. Kennedy
Director and General Counsel
Wisconsin Government Accountability Board

Secretary Paul Jadin, Department of Commerce/WI Economic Development Corporation – Response after 3-months, failed to address specifics of our requests; failed to provide outreach of his NEW office for neighborhood-level business development – Open for Business claim; fail to address NEW statutes (Special Session Act 7) and statute 36.09 connections of link to UW System; failed to ask how his office could impact the iconic city of Milwaukee and its extremely high Enduring Concentrated Poverty – some census tracts as high as 50%; and, referred my office to call a staff member of the region.

For information about the NEW statutes for forming the NEW WI Department of Commerce/WEDC, go to:

Secretary Mike Huebsch, DOA – No direct response to inquiry to his office – Two (2)-month delay for request of procurement/contract information from the Department of Administration regarding University of Wisconsin Milwaukee - Senate Bill 514 and UW System Milwaukee Initiative that receives $176 million and/or $240 million.

Acting Chief Legal Counsel Gregory Murray, DOA – received “ready” email July 20, 2011 - after-the-fact, delayed and misleading response is being assessed for authenticity by office of Mary Glass relevant to what was requested. Original request for information from Milwaukee Professionals Association was May 5, 2011 to David Osborne, followed by Gil Funk, followed by Gregory Murray Counsel and later Secretary Huebsch.

WI Senate
President Michael Ellis and President Pro Tempore Joe Leibham – No response

Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald and Speaker Pro Tempore Bill Kramer – No response

Joint Finance Committee – No Response
Senate AND Assembly Members

Senator Alberta Darling, Co-Chair
Representative Robin Vos, Co-Chair

Senator Luther Olsen
Representative Dan Meyer

Senator Sheila Harsdorf
Representative Dan LeMahieu

Senator Joe Leibham
Representative John Nygren

Senator Glenn Grothman
Representative Pat Strachota

Senator Randy Hopper
Representative Joel Kleefisch

Senator Lena Taylor
Representative Tamara Grigsby

Senator Robert Jauch
Representative Jennifer Shilling

Governor Scott Walker has been “cc” on the above contacts.

Email response
Thank you for your e-mail message. I welcome you expressing your views and concerns to me, and I commend you for participating in your state government. I take into account the views of all of the citizens of Wisconsin, and I will keep your specific comments in mind during my service as your Governor.

If you would like more information about my positions on issues, or would like to read my public statements on issues, I encourage you to explore my website: www.walker.wi.gov. I like to respond individually to every letter and telephone call I receive; however, I cannot respond to each e-mail individually due to the volume. If your request is time sensitive, please call my office at (608) 266-1212. You may also write to me via conventional mail at Governor Scott Walker: PO Box 7863, Madison, WI 53707.

As noted on our website, please know that any communications may be subject to release under Wisconsin's public records law and that our policy is generally to release communications sent to this email address.

Once again, thank you for contacting me. Please feel free to contact me again if I can ever be of assistance to you.


Scott Walker

Public servant behavior that includes cover-ups, use of deceptive measures of spinning a request for information, misrepresentations of the truth, refusal to follow the law - tactics of bullying - over-kill of in-house legal counsel - mumbo-gumbo reasons for not following the statues of releasing public information, providing information to mislead, providing information that was not requested to run-up a cost factor for the information, refusal to share information claiming “to general” request, round-robin referrals that lead to nowhere and to waste time are frowned upon. And, the granddaddy of all, “refusal-to-respond” is seen as a lack of “civility” and “I am above the law”.
The People demand better and will have better/best for democracy.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

In the Public Square OF Higher Education - DISCRIMINATION WITH ARROGANCE, Part II

July 26, 2011

Milwaukee Professionals Association Open Complaint against President Reilly and the University of Wisconsin Regents

ALL Hands on Deck, WE, Not Me ApproachRe-define”, Re-brand” and “Un-trap” over a half-million Milwaukeeans from Enduring Concentrated Poverty demands engagement. Therefore, as a leader and strategic planner at the neighborhood-level, we were compelled to offer our expertise, provide input, expectations, resources, partnerships and referrals for ensuring that African American, other People of Color and the Work-Challenged were represented.

Part II of the 5-part series, In the Public Square OF Higher Education - DISCRIMINATION WITH ARROGANCE is on Wisconsin’s “governance”.

Our higher public education system is part of a 3-part system that Wisconsin statutes authorize for Wisconsinites to receive services that are human-civil-legal from Wisconsin state agencies.

EDUCATION is one of the state keys provided for Wisconsinites to seek truth and open vistas in the mind and opportunities in the public domain. The basic laws of governance for rights and privileges of Education are explained in Chapter 36 of Wisconsin Statutes. We share the first three (3) for your perusal – 36.01(2)(3).

36.01 Statement of purpose and mission. (1) The legislature finds it in the public interest to provide a system of higher education which enables students of all ages, backgrounds and levels of income to participate in the search for knowledge and individual development; which stresses undergraduate teaching as its main priority; which offers selected professional graduate and research programs with emphasis on state and national needs; which fosters diversity of educational opportunity; which promotes service to the public; which makes effective and efficient use of human and physical resources; which functions cooperatively with other educational institutions and systems; and which promotes internal coordination and the wisest possible use of resources.

(2) The mission of the system is to develop human resources, to discover and disseminate knowledge, to extend knowledge and its application beyond the boundaries of its campuses and to serve and stimulate society by developing in students heightened intellectual, cultural and humane sensitivities, scientific, professional and technological expertise and a sense of purpose. Inherent in this broad mission are methods of instruction, research, extended training and public service designed to educate people and improve the human condition. Basic to every purpose of the system is the search for truth.
History: 1973 c. 335.

36.03 System. There is created in this state a system of institutions of learning to be known as the University of Wisconsin System. The principal office and one university of the system.

The above three statutes provide the framework for guidance for customer care, transparency, best practices, TRUST, and accountability that the Open Complaint against UW Regents call for. The statutes and Select Mission gives specifics that UW Regents Board, UW System President, search committees and UW Chancellors fail to honor.

In addition to Chapter 36, Code of Ethics policies were provided for governance of UW-Committee (Conflict of Interest) - They were violated.

We have added below, the “Select Mission” of University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee.

UW-Select Mission
To fulfill its mission as a major urban doctoral university and to meet the diverse needs of Wisconsin's largest metropolitan area, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee must provide a wide array of degree programs, a balanced program of applied and basic research, and a faculty who are active in public service. Fulfilling this mission requires the pursuit of these mutually reinforcing academic goals:

a. To develop and maintain high quality undergraduate, graduate and continuing education programs appropriate to a major urban doctoral university.
b. To engage in a sustained research effort which will enhance and fulfill the University's role as a doctoral institution of academic and professional excellence.
c. To continue development of a balanced array of high quality doctoral programs in basic disciplines and professional areas.
d. To attract highly qualified students who demonstrate the potential for intellectual development, innovation and leadership for their communities.
e. To further academic and professional opportunities at all levels for women, minority, part-time, and financially or educationally disadvantaged students.
f. To establish and maintain productive relationships with appropriate public and private organizations at the local, regional, state, national and international levels.
g. To promote public service and research efforts directed toward meeting the social, economic and cultural needs of the State of Wisconsin and its metropolitan areas.
h. To encourage others from institutions in the University of Wisconsin System and from other educational institutions and agencies to seek benefit from the University's research and educational resources such as libraries, special collections, archives, museums, research facilities and academic programs.
i. To provide educational leadership in meeting future social, cultural and technological challenges.

The Committees
There were three (3) search committees in the Search and Selection process. They were:

 UW-Milwaukee Search and Selection Committee (25-member).
Chair – Professor Mark Schwartz, Vice Chair – Professor A. Ghorbanpoor
For Committee Roster, go to:

 Board of Regents Special Chancellor Committee (5-member).
Chair – Regents Danae Davis, Milwaukee, Regent Judith Crain of Green Bay, Regent Tony Evers of Madison, Regent Michael Spector of Milwaukee, and Regent José Vásquez of Milwaukee.

 Full Board of Regents (18-member).
For Board of Regents, go to:

There were five (5) finalists. They were:
 Dr. James Muyskens
 Dr. David Belcher
 Dr. David Miller
 Dr. Michael Lovell
 Dr. Lisa Rossbacher

Mary Glass, Chair/CEO represented Milwaukee Professionals Association at each of the Finalist sessions; and, asked the finalist questions. Mary Glass and other members of the neighborhood were not invited to the special meet and greets and other meetings with the candidates. This sent the wrong signal to the campus faculty, staff, students, visitors and neighborhood at-large.

Dr. David Belcher withdrew before final voting.
Milwaukee Professionals Association contacted UW Regents (Regents Danae Davis, Regents Special Chancellor Committee and the FULL regents and ask that they extend the timeframe for additional voting, especially since some had voted.

They did not respond to "urgent request". Nor did they extend the time.

Milwaukee Professional Association endorsed Dr. James Muyskens.

I Agree Mr. President

“The American people may have voted for divided government, but they didn’t vote for a dysfunctional government,” said President Obama. “So I’m asking you all to make your voice heard. If you want a balanced approach to reducing the deficit, let your member of Congress know.”

WHITE HOUSE, USA - Last night for about 15 minutes the country was face-to-face with President Barack Obama.

As regularly seen, he was in grand style - considerate, poised, savvy, in control and on point.

He was especially resonating to me when he spoke of Americans working each day very hard, coming home bone-tired (if they are fortunate enough to have a home - over 3.5 million Americans each year are homeless), and instead of turning on the television and hearing what our elected officials in Washington are doing that will help ease our burdens (one of the reasons for elected officials); instead they see the dysfunctional 3-ring circus. He is right on. And, yes, we are offended Mr. President.

We must all step up to the plate to compromise - NO ONE is EXEMPT.
However, the cuts must be as lean and sound as possible with the NOW and the FUTURE in mind.

Yes, paying taxes is a must for those that are fortunate to be millionaires and billionaires. They should be in-line (like those "unemployed") to pay their special gift to the coffers of America. Many are able to be Millionaires and Billionaires while those that help them acquire the wealth are now on the verge of having their entitlements CUT.

Speaker Boehner and the majority members of the House of Representatives need to hear from us, "in mass".

Take a listen and see what you think.

For the printed speech, go to:

Monday, July 25, 2011

In the Public Square OF Higher Education - DISCRIMINATION WITH ARROGANCE

July 25, 2011

Milwaukee Professionals Association Open Complaint against President Reilly and the University of Wisconsin Regents

Right photo: Distinguished Professor Mark Schwartz

"The Committee is making an effort to reach out to a number of different community groups outside of the campus to allow members of the public an opportunity to be heard, and to make it less inconvenient for them to participate, by holding sessions closer to where they live or work. We want to allow everyone the opportunity to voice their opinions regarding the future leader of our campus to the Committee.” said Committee Chair Distinguished Professor Mark D. Schwartz. ‘‘All sessions, regardless of location, are open to anyone who wishes to attend.”

Professor Schwartz’s comment is a typical example of what is said versus what is done.

This is a 5-part series for background and update of discrimination with arrogance by our highest public education system in Wisconsin.

Arrogance is defined by Random House Dictionary (2011) as:
offensive display of superiority or self-importance; overbearing pride.

Open Complaint
The Open Complaint process started April 26, 2011, when Mary Glass hand-delivered the first compliant to WI Attorney General JB Van Hollen in Madison, Wisconsin. It was documentation regarding the malfeasance of the 2010-2011 Chancellor Search and Selection process and discriminatory practices against Milwaukeeans, especially African American, People of Color and the Work-Challenged (un-, under-employed; un-, under-skilled; un-, under-financed neighborhood business, disabled, reentry, especially those reentering from WAR, INCARCERATION, boomerang employment and boomerang retirement).

Mary Glass is the Chair/CEO of Milwaukee Professionals Association and a 20-year Protagonist focusing on the Inner City census tracts of the City of Milwaukee. A neighborhood-vetted leader for neighborhood strategic planning and channel development.

MPA's Mission-Daily Focus is to speak out and speak up for democracy that allows urban and rural stakeholders better quality of life, use of heritage, use of born-talents, practical/academic attainment, human, civil rights and legal rights; and, support of neighborhood wealth-building and sustainability FREE of discrimination.

This series is part of ALL Hands on Deck, WE, Not Me Initiative to end Enduring Concentrated Poverty by "re-defining", "re-branding" and "un-trapping" over a half-million Milwaukeeans (NEW Middle Class) through empowering hidden neighborhood-level talent and markets of economic development (emerging and submerging).

It is also to expose those who are stealing federal funds under the guise of economic development, partnerships, quality of life; yet discriminating against those who bring the dollars to the table - namely, African American, other People of Color and the Work-Challenged.

L-R, Regent Brent Smith, Vice President, Regent Michael Spector, President, UW System President Kevin Reilly

University of Wisconsin System
FOR OVER A YEAR NOW, my first inquiry was sent to President Kevin Reilly and the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents, seeking input into the questionable behavior and culture of un-inclusion of Milwaukeeans, especially African American, other People of Color and the Work-Challenged (residential and commercial), policies of inclusion – affirmative action/Equity Scorecard, discriminatory practices – segregation and disrespect of People of Color, enduring concentrated poverty in Milwaukee – lack of employment, procurement, partnerships, deans, staff appointments in highest offices, research, education and technology attainment per state statute; and, for over 9 months sought participation and answers regarding the 2010-2011 search and selection of the 8th Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin.

This is a first-hand account of what can happen if the powers to be are allowed to run rampart with government funds and Accountability with specificity is not in place.

It is the search and selection of Dr. Michael Lovell as the 8th Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee that all “hell” broke loose.

Over the next five days, we will call attention to policies that breed cronyism, shrouded in secrecy - NO transparency, lacking in best practices, conflict of interest, longevity in office; behaviors that must not be condone in any way; behaviors that hurt “public trust”; behaviors that demean “higher public education”; behaviors that create/by design enduring concentrated poverty; behaviors that say, “we are above what is right” – we do what we want to do – with your funds; behaviors that says we can do just what we please and be protected by the office of the state attorney general; behaviors that link outside real estate barons, high rollers, connected business groups, elected officials, philanthropic donors for favors; behaviors that are scandalous and mirrors the despicable behavior we see in our public square of elected-appointed-hired-volunteered individuals; behaviors that demand replacements; behaviors that send the wrong message to our students-young-followers; behaviors that demand a thorough investigation with results - revamping policies and procedures, updating laws, and a strong message of civil-legal correction/remedies for violation of the People and the laws that protect them.

It is important to note that two of the main board of regents of questionable behavior are now the NEW leaders of University of Wisconsin Board of Regents, Regent President Michael Spector and Regent Vice President Brent Smith. They were two (2) of the seven (7) attorneys on the board, almost half of the requirement of appointments. The appointment is 16 with two ex-officio members – WI Department of Education and WI Technical College System (new replacement is Mark Tyler).

At the beginning of the article, there are quotes from UW-Milwaukee Committee Chair and Distinguished Professor Mark Schwartz. He was the past chair of the search and selection committee selected for UW-Milwaukee – 25 members.

Schacknow - TODAY'S PRIMER

July 25, 2011

Peter Schacknow, Senior Producer, CNBC Breaking News Desk

Wall Street's back-and-forth trading trend will swing back to the downside this morning, with stock index futures pointing to a sharply lower open.

That comes as Democratic and Republican lawmakers apparently remain far apart on striking a deal to raise the nation's debt limit.

The Dow has alternated between gains and losses for 9 straight sessions, although it would have been higher Friday were it not for the decline posted by Caterpillar (CAT) following its quarterly earnings report.

Despite the focus on the U.S. debt limit talks, the European debt crisis remains in the news, with Moody's cutting Greece's rating another three notches to just one notch above default.

That gives Greece the lowest rating of any country in the world covered by Moody's.
While investors continue to keep an eye on the U.S. debt limit negotiations, earnings are again a big factor in this week's trading with 180 S&P 500 companies scheduled to report.

Eaton (ETN), Kimberly-Clark (KMB), Lorillard (LO), and Roper Industries (ROP) are among those reporting this morning, with Anadarko Petroleum (APC), Baidu (BIDU), Broadcom (BRCM), Netflix (NFLX), and Texas Instruments (TXN) among those set to report after this afternoon's closing bell.

There are no major economic reports on today's calendar, though the Dallas Fed regional survey will be issued at 10:30am ET.

E*Trade (ETFC) will be a stock to watch once again today, as it says it will do a "broad review of strategic alternatives" following a call by major shareholder Citadel to do just that.

Separately, TD Ameritrade will reportedly meet this week to consider possible pursuit of its rival, according to the Wall Street Journal.

We'll also watch shares of Dow component United Technologies (UTX), with the Journal reporting the company is considering a partial sale of its rocket engine business.

Social networking companies are also on the watch list, as Barron's highlights a possible social networking bubble among companies like Facebook, Groupon, LinkedIn (LNKD), Pandora (P), and Zillow (Z).

Sunday, July 24, 2011

The Ed Schultz Promos - LEAN/Forward directed by Spike Lee

Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

July 24, 2011

Public Policy - INNOVATION, people, manufacturing, import/export, focusing on the real deal.

Ed Schultz is the Talk Show Host of the The Ed Show on MSNBC.
For more informative videos, go to:

Friday, July 22, 2011

2011 Smiley/West Poverty Tour - YAHOOOOOOOO

Tavis Smiley, PBS Talk Show host and Dr. Cornel West, Princeton University - hosts of the nationally syndicated public radio program Smiley & West from Public Radio International (PRI

"With all the talk about deficit reduction, somebody has to tell the truth about poverty in America and the impact the outcome of this debate will have on the nation's poor," said Smiley.

"We hope to speak truths about the suffering of everyday people, so that poor and working folks are empowered by the legacy of Brother Martin," added Cornel West, one of America's leading public intellectuals.

USA Tour - August 6-12, 2011
The 15-city bus tour will highlight the plight of the poor of all races, colors, and creeds. They are the ones that make up the face of America. These are the Americans that are "by design" and "for decades-after-decades" left out of the benefits that provide quality of life and economic development for sustainability.

They are the folk that work, part-time, handy person, full time, on-call, seasonal, when-I-can, temporary, day work on two and three jobs to just try to get "a paycheck". They are employees and employers. They are also the folk that are discriminated against on a routine basis, they are the folk often demonized because they fall victim to negative ills of poverty. They are the folk that get up everyday hoping for hope through crisis and stress-after-stress. They are the folk wondering why their "hidden" talent and special gifts are so often deferred OR not seen at all. They are the folk that have been exploited throughout the years of work with "unfair" wages and often little to NO benefits; but, believe that their government will do right by them. Yet, they are the present target to have their "saving grace" being wiped-out by those in elected office - federal-state-city.

They are the Americans angered that greed, disenfranchisement and wrong-doing by those in office allow their civil-human-legal rights to be trampled.

This tour will "ring" the bell for the above, especially African American, other People of Color and the Work-Challenged (un-, under-employed; un-, under-skilled; un-, under-neighborhood-level business capitalized, disabled and reentry - those re-entering from the WAR, INCARCERATION, boomerang employment and boomerang retirement).

"We are excited that Tavis and Dr. West have both the will and by-means-necessary to make this happen, said Mary Glass, Chair/CEO, Milwaukee Professionals Association. "We look forward to participating". "It mirrors our All Hands on Deck, WE, Not Me Initiative."

We are pleased to see co-sponsors AARP Foundation, American Association of Retired Person affiliated charity and NEA - The National Education Association step up to and in the public square.

The tour will kickoff with Native Americans on the Lac Coutre Oreilles Indian Reservation near Hayward, Wisconsin.

All Hands on Deck.

The LARSON Report - July 22, 2011

Senator Chris Larson - 7th District, Milwaukee, WI

 GOP Legislators Delay, Deny Unemployment Benefit Extension
 Republicans Rush Through Redistricting Power Grab, Overrule Local Governments
 Republican Redistricting Process Shrouded in Secrecy
 Legal Challenges
 The Future of Redistricting in Wisconsin

GOP Legislators Delay, Deny Unemployment Benefit Extension
The Legislature went into extraordinary session earlier this week to vote on Senate Bill 147, legislation that would extend unemployment benefits to help Wisconsin's displaced workers while they continue looking for jobs during these tough economic times.

The simple legislative change proposed in Senate Bill 147 would have allowed Wisconsin to capture nearly $90 million from the federal government to extend unemployment benefits in the state. These funds would not need to be repaid to the federal government.

Unfortunately, while the Democratic legislators succeeded in pressuring Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald to schedule a vote on this important bill, the legislation is currently at a standstill due to infighting between Republicans in the Senate and the Assembly.

As a result of Republican legislators failing to work together to reach a consensus on this important legislation, tens of thousands of our fellow Wisconsinites who were knocked down by this economic crisis are left wondering if they will get the support they need to get back up on their feet again. Many of these individuals reside right here in our own community as Milwaukee County reported an unemployment rate of 8.4% in April of 2011.

It is shocking that Republican legislators rushed to push through redistricting legislation before the recall elections in order to save their own jobs, but are unwilling to move at the same speed for those that they are supposed to represent. Many are left asking if Republican legislators are more concerned about locking in partisan advantage than they are about the well-being of their constituents.

I encourage my colleagues on the other side of the aisle to place their responsibilities as elected officials above partisan politics, and call upon the Senate to return to the floor next week. Passing this legislation would help to ensure that our neighbors do not lose hope and financial stability while they are looking for jobs.

To view a copy of the letter that was sent by the Milwaukee Democratic Legislative Caucus to Majority Leader Fitzgerald requesting that he schedule a session day to take up this important legislation, go to:

Republicans Rush Through Redistricting Power Grab, Overrule Local Governments
Despite outcries from local government and growing constitutional concerns, Republican legislators hurriedly passed their redistricting maps that remained secret until recently.

Republican Redistricting Process Shrouded in Secrecy
Republican legislators began working on the new district maps months ago in secret and behind closed doors. The maps did not become available to the public until Friday, July 8. Further decreasing transparency, Republicans opted to fast-track their redistricting plan by scheduling a vote less than two weeks after the release of the new district maps, leaving little time for public input. Over the course of 10 days, Republicans perpetrated a power grab that will impact our communities for the next 10 years.

The Wisconsin State Legislature is required by Article IV, Section 3 of the Wisconsin Constitution to redraw Senate and Assembly districts every 10 years based upon the results of the federal census to ensure districts provide representational equality for all potential voters.

Wisconsin currently uses a legislative redistricting process, where the maps are drawn up by the majority parties in the Legislature, are voted on by the Senate and Assembly, and are then signed by the governor. If the Legislature cannot agree on a redistricting plan, as is usually the case when there is partisan balance, the judicial system steps in to finalize the new legislative districts. For the past 50 years, Wisconsin's elected officials have had to work together with bipartisan cooperation or leave the task of redistricting up to the courts. This will be the first time in 60 years that one political party will have complete control over the redistricting process.

The new district maps proposed by Republican legislators will likely have a profound effect on Wisconsin politics by making districts less competitive, placing the jobs of Republican incumbents ahead of the interests of Wisconsin voters. These maps will also increase partisanship across the state making Wisconsin even more polarized than it is now.

Republicans Overrule Local Governments on Redistricting, Costing Valuable Taxpayer Dollars
Rushing through the current redistricting proposal created by Republican legislators and the lawyers they hired with taxpayer dollars will have a detrimental impact on our local governments as well. Republicans have been so focused on passing redistricting legislation before the recall elections have concluded that they are acting before all local governments have even submitted their local ward redistricting maps.

The City of Milwaukee, for example, will be forced to change 55 of its 315 wards and nine of its 15 aldermanic district boundaries, as a result of the preemptive actions by Republicans on redistricting. These changes come after Milwaukee has already held four public hearings, participated in three public listening sessions, held two full-day public workshops for citizens to produce their own maps, and conducted countless informational briefings to individuals and activist groups. Milwaukee has also already spent over $40,000 for dedicated labor hours and administrative expenses related to the redistricting process.

There is no reason why the state should be moving at such a careless speed. Such actions will negate months of work by local officials, circumvent the open and transparent public hearing process, and waste additional taxpayer funds.

To view the map that illustrates the changes Milwaukee will be mandated to make, go to: http://legis.wisconsin.gov/eupdates/sen07/Milwaukee%20Redistricting%20Changes.pdf.

Legal Challenges
Given the concerns over the maps that were drafted by Republican legislators, it is likely that legal challenges will be filed citing constitutional grievances once the bill is signed into law by the governor and published. However, it is impossible to know what the outcome of such challenges would be.

To visit Senator Larson's website, go to:

Thursday, July 21, 2011

News8000.com - July 21, 2011

La Crosse, WI

Latest Local Headlines

Unemployment benefits at risk under GOP move
A disagreement among Republicans in the Legislature over whether unemployed
people in Wisconsin should have to wait a week before receiving benefits is
putting an extension of coverage for jobless people at risk.

Unprecedented numbers seek shelter at Salvation Army
This week's heat wave brings in a skyrocketing amount of people without a place
to stay.

Wisconsin Assembly passes redistricting plan
The bill passed 57-40 Wednesday now heads to Gov. Scott Walker for his

National And World News

Short-term fix considered in debt talks as clock ticks down
The Senate may begin considering a largely symbolic proposal Thursday to raise
the nation's debt ceiling -- but only if Congress cuts and limits spending and
balances the federal budget through a Constitutional amendment.

Democrats have dismissed the ...

States brace for debt ceiling default
Just the threat of a federal default is prompting California to get a $5 billion loan to make sure it can pay its obligations.

States around the nation are drawing up contingency plans in the event that
federal policymakers don't resolve the debt ceil...

Wall Street reform: A year down bumpy road
A year after Congress enacted the most sweeping changes in financial regulation
since the 1930s, Wall Street is still waiting for the full impact.


Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Accountability Matters - Talk vs Actions Series

Secretary Paul Jardin - DOC/WEDC

Public Policy Review
Area: Accountability in WI Government
Source: Secretary PAUL JARDIN - Department of Commerce

MILWAUKEE, WI - From time-to-time, MPA Public Policy Review will note/match/contrast, what our elected-appointed-hired-volunteered public servants say with what they do - Code of Conduct - Transparency - Accountability - Best Practice - Customer Care - Due Diligence - TRUSTABILITY

The second in this month's series is: Secretary Paul Jadin, DOC

 It is important to note that Secretary Jadin is saying one thing and acting another.

He talks in the videos below, about job development, entrepreneurship, business development, education and innovation. He talks about putting on a lot of miles in the first four months, about Upper North East, Milwaukee 7, his chamber of commerce (Green Bay) partnerships, manufacuturing, corporate businesses, 7.3% unemployment and 26,000 jobs developed already.

The problem is: None of this is relative to the largest city in Wisconsin, Milwaukee. Unemployment in some of Milwaukee census tracts are well above 30%. The stated 26,000 jobs created, they do not really include People of Color. There is no mention of Milwaukee - the place Scott Walker, Governor came from.

Did Scott Walker, Governor, come from Milwaukee County?
Is this the area he CLAIMS knowledge of?
Then, why is Milwaukee being left out?

We will help see that the "public square" is aware of what is going on here - the OPEN FOR BUSINESS pledge is seen as con.
We for sure must inform various outlets so that the balance is there; i.e., CNBC Squawk Box, CEO magazine, Forbes and Kauffman Foundation.

This is the "by design", systemic and infrastructural "discrimination" that has caused decade-after-decade of Enduring Concentrated Poverty - where hidden talent,emerging and submerging markets go lacking to greed, well-made to be connected Caucasian businesses with privilege.

Failure to respond to our inquiries
By the way, Secretary Jadin took over three (3) months to respond to my office INNOVATION interest. He recently responded with symbolism and perfunctory response -contact Seyoum Mengasha if you have questions OR suggestions.

This is the man that Scott Walker said, “He was looking for someone “gifted in balancing both the business world and private sector. . . but also someone with an understanding of how to maneuver through it. . . the political process". “Paul’s one the few people that rally masters both areas.

He is in on the radar for contact, address and change.

Video Viewing
-- Link to the WisEye.org Video: http://www.wiseye.org/videoplayer/vp.html?sid=6045

DWD Secretary Baumbach & WEDC CEO Paul Jadin Visit Madison-Kipp Corporation in Sun Prairie (VIDEO from WisEye.org)

-- Scott Walker and Paul Jadin - Corporate Needs video
Visit http://youtu.be/fWjSwJbZHxQ

-- Listen to the video below, For the Record, Neil Heinen, WISC-TV, Editorial Director

The video stops after about 11 minutes, we apogize. Do listen to the comments before.
Channel 3000.com

Rupert Murdoch Claims unawareness for defense - Who's ZOOMING here

Rupert Murdoch, Chair/CEO - News Corporation

Public Policy: Corporate Code of Conduct
Area: MEDIA - Publishing
Source: UK Newspaper
July 20, 2011

UK PARLIAMENT - "I knew nothing, and I'm sorry", was a constant refrain of Rupert Murdoch during the Parliament exchange in the UK, July 19, 2011, regarding his company "phone hacking scandal".

The problem with that is, "he should have known".

He has access, on staff or in the marketplace for hands-on scrutiny, that should have been part of his conglomerate that would provide quality control and assurance to the public of their privacy and just running an "above board" business. That should of been his baseline ethics.

To state he heard of a payoff of $700,000 by his company in the newspaper speak volumes about his practices.

His comments came off as "incompetent", arrogant, sleep-at-the-wheel, with laxity, and "I am above this".

Checks and balances
Ignorance of the law is NO defense for this octogenarian - or his son, James Murdoch.

He should of known, common sense backed by verification, that a staff of 53,000 people dictates best quality control practices with transparency policies and practices that provide accountability. This helps, not totally eliminate malfeasance. However, it sends the message of correctness - leadership with morals.

He also knows that there must be knowledge of "sources" for verification of stories. Who is ZOOMING who here?

I hear news anchors and talking heads say, give Murdoch slack. First of all, there is more to this story. I say, investigate to the max and where there is negligence and error on his part, apply legal and civil punishment. Punishment that will send a message to anyone, especially wealthy individuals who think they do not have to follow the laws or basic principled-centered leadership.

I personally feel he let his staff down by not demanding the best from them.
As well as, being a grandfather figure, he did not send the right signal to the young "go-getters" coming along today.

He/We owe that to the universe for a better place for all to live.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Melloy - Behind The Money

John Melloy, Executive Producer, Fast Money
July 19, 2011

The highest marginal income tax rate has been too low relative to the nation’s history since 2004, according to technical analysis applied to tax data by John Roque of WJB Capital.

Roque, who practices unemotional chart analysis by using mathematical models on securities prices, shows that the highest income tax rate is one standard deviation below the mean rate and therefore like any measurable quantity he studies in the past, due for a relative return to the mean.

“Democrats and Republicans can continue to duke it out in the halls of Congress, but you can be fairly confident that the highest marginal income tax rate is going up,” said Roque, who makes buying and selling decisions based on his chart analysis, in a note to clients. “It’s just a question of how much.”

The average rate for the highest group of earnings since 1913 is 59 percent. While Roque doesn’t necessarily believe they are going back that high, his analysis was proven correct in the late 1980s, when tax rates fell through that one standard deviation level to below 30 percent. It then snapped back to as much as 40 percent in the mid-90s.

“You’ll notice rather quickly that the current highest marginal income tax rate is equal to the -1 standard deviation reading,” added Roque. “Put another way, it’s at the bottom of the range.”

This may be disappointing to Republicans hoping for a debt ceiling deal that doesn’t include tax increases, or even better includes tax cuts for the wealthy or so-called job creators.

“Most studies agree that an effective plan should focus more on spending cuts than on tax increases,” wrote Ethan Harris, North America economist for Bank of America Merrill Lynch, in a note. “In our view, the plan should be comprised of at least two-thirds spending cuts.”

Monday, July 18, 2011

Japan Wins FIFA 2011 Women's World Cup , 2-2

July 17, 2011

Frankfurt, GERMANY - The FIFA Women's World Cup finals - The Japanese team pulled out a nail-biting win against the strong and impressive USA team. The Japanese team has competed 25 times before against the USA team, this is their first win.

Two extremely impressive penalty shoot-outs gives Ayumi Kaihori and Saki Kumagai a place in the history books during the match between the USA and Japan.

"I feel we have given some kind of encouragement and joy to the people back in Japan. That was always the motivation", said Ayumi Kaihori, Japan goalkeeper.

Kaihori saved two penalties in the shoot-out, from USA’s Shannon Boxx and Tobin Heath, to offer Kumagai the chance to win the tournament for the Nadeshiko, which she took in emphatic fashion to spark celebrations both in the stadium and their home nation.

Homare Sawa, 32-year-old towering superstar ends the tournament with adidas Golden awards, "best player" and "best scorer" titles. She has been to the tournment four times before.

adidas Silver went to Abby Wambach (USA).
adidas Bronze went to Hope Solo (USA).

The next tournament is in 4 years.
Sponsor: The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) is an association governed by Swiss law founded in 1904 and based in Zurich.

Schacknow - TODAY'S PRIMER

July 18, 2011

Peter Schacknow, Senior Producer, CNBC Breaking News Desk

Investor concerns over both the European debt crisis and the U.S. debt limit deadline appear to be mounting - with U.S. stocks coming off their first losing week in three, and stock index futures pointing to a sharply lower open this morning.

Last week's losses were the most in five weeks, and a losing day today could put the Dow, the S&P 500, and the Nasdaq on track for a third straight monthly loss.

Moody's is out with a suggestion that would end debt limit concerns once and for all: it's suggesting that U.S. abolish the debt limit altogether.

That could be among the subjects Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner addresses in an exclusive interview on CNBC's Squawk Box this morning at 8am ET.

The economic calendar is relatively light this morning, but we will see a fresh reading on the housing market, with the National Association of Home Builders putting out its monthly sentiment index at 10am ET.

Economists look for a reading of 14 for July, a very slight improvement over June's 13.

Earnings activity begins to pick up this week, though today is not particularly heavy.

This morning, we'll get fresh quarterly numbers from Hasbro (HAS), Halliburton (HAL) and Gannett (GCI), while IBM (IBM), Stanley Black & Decker (SWK), and Wynn Resorts (WYNN) are among the companies set to release their numbers after the closing bell.

News Corp.(NWSA) continues to be a stock to watch, with the shares plunging 6-7% in Australia as investors follow the ongoing developments in the phone hacking scandal.
The latest events include British Prime Minister Cameron cutting his overseas trip short to address the ongoing events at home, the head of Scotland Yard resigning, and just-resigned News International CEO Rebekah Brooks arrested and released on bail.

Just days after the girlfriend of Medicis (MRX) CEO Jonah Shacknai was found dead, his son has died of injuries in a San Diego hospital.

The injuries were suffered in a fall down the stairs last week.

Financial advisory firm Greenhill (GHL) is out with a rare Sunday earnings report, posting better than expected results.

That follows a 12 percent beating for its shares on Friday following the departure of management committee member Tim George.

The final "Harry Potter" film broke box office records worldwide and took in $168.6 million in North American ticket sales over the weekend, the best opening ever for any film.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Latino Arts String Program - Fantástico

Hear about the genesis and growth of Latino students in the "Latino Strings program" in Milwaukee.

Their mentor and director: Senora Dinorah Marquez

The Latino Arts Strings Program was named one of nineteen recipients of the 2008 Coming Up Taller award, presented by the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.

The Strings Program is an in-school and after-school music education program for students and alumni of Bruce-Guadalupe Community School and includes over 130 participants between the ages of four and seventeen. Students learn classical music skills while learning and incorporating Latino music and traditions.

Participants of the Strings Program have demonstrated an increase in self confidence, discipline, and focus that transcends the musical instruction and benefits their academic prowess. Students' performance in the Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Examination - Criterion-Referenced Test showed that 96% of BGCS music students are proficient or advanced in reading and 89% of BGCS music students are proficient or advanced in math studies.

The Strings Program has performed in mariachi bands, youth orchestra and guitar ensembles at over 300 concerts since the program's inception in 2002. The students have played a large number of notable venues and events including Summerfest, Fiesta Mexicana, United Way's Annual Meetings, and the State of the City Address in Milwaukee.

For more, go to:

The Latino Arts String Program is a "Neighborhood-level" program.

DOES THIS sound like UW "privatizing" "public" funding for AS WE WANT?

Issue: UW System Split and Budget Proposal - February, 2011

Public Policy Review: NEW Badger Partnership Proposal (February, 2011)
Area: University of Wisconsin System

MPA Rating: NO.
Because it allows the mission and purpose of creating the land grant universities/colleges in Wisconsin for the development of its Wisconsin citizenry to be compromised with too much of what we already see - greed, lack of transparency, lack of TRUST-CONFIDENCE, my way or the highway culture, Caucasians and/or well-off/class difference only need apply.

"We feel the thought is "over-reaching", not in line with boosting higher education for the American population for global competitiveness", said Mary Glass, Chair/CEO, Milwaukee Professionals Association. "Myopic in thinking will cause for a deeper rut in our national economy. Asking those without to forget their education and technology attainment dreams. And, a slippery slope for discrimination and any-time-I-want-to misuse without recourse." "There are real points for digestion; however, the "absolutes" that do not allow the taxpayers and all Wisconsinites a shot in participating (other than tax dollars), makes the other agreeable items, NO GO."

What do you think?
See below.

Principles for the New Badger Partnership (NBP)

These principles are critical to maintaining a pre-eminent teaching and research enterprise at UW-Madison,allowing us to retain and enhance the diversity of the university community and to maintain high-quality higher education for the citizens of the state. The following are essential:

Shared governance, as articulated in Chapter 36.09 of the current state statutes, must be preserved.

University employees not covered by Chapter 36.09, including represented and non-represented classified staff, have the ability to advise the university administration.

Academic freedom must be protected.

Legislation that in any way infringes on the right of university faculty, staff and students to teach, conduct research or engage in service on topics of their own choosing is unacceptable.

Terms of faculty employment, including faculty control over hiring and tenure as articulated in Chapter 36.09(4) and 36.13 of the current state statutes, must be preserved.

Terms of academic staff employment, including appointments and procedural guarantees as stated in Chapter 36.09(4m) and 36.15, must be preserved.

Terms of student participation in governance, including consultation with the chancellor on disposition of segregated fees, as articulated in Chapter 36.09(5), must be preserved.

The existing right of university faculty, staff and student employees to be represented by unions must not be infringed.

All university employees must have the right to due process. Structures for external arbitration and external oversight for classified employees must be consistent with those articulated in Chapter 230.44 and Chapter 230 Subchapters III and IV.

Partnership agreements with private entities must protect the intellectual property rights of the university, and of university faculty, staff, and students. Such agreements must not infringe on academic freedom.


These are the core principles of financial flexibility:

Continued state funding of the state’s traditional share of cost-to-continue is essential to the existence and success of UW-Madison.

The university must be allowed to retain money saved, without threat of seizure, for its own purposes.

Higher education must be affordable and accessible to all the families of Wisconsin. The university must provide need-based financial aid, and provide it largely as grants in order that students of modest means in good academic standing may successfully complete their degrees in a timely manner.

Employee benefits currently provided by the state must continue to be available to eligible university employees. The university has the right to provide other benefits to any university employee.

The university will ensure fairness and equity in employment practices and salaries, including for instance prevailing wage for construction projects.

Internal University Processes for Deliberation on the New Badger Partnership
Proposals arising from the New Badger Partnership initiative will be vetted by appropriate university groups.

These groups will include, but are not limited to: University Academic Planning Council, school/college academic planning councils, University Committee, Faculty Senate, Academic Staff Executive Committee, Academic Staff Assembly, Associated Students of Madison, Council for Non-represented Classified Staff, and employee unions.

For more information, go to:

Saturday, July 16, 2011

WI Legislators' Public Square Notice - Open Complaint Against UW Regents

On the advent (Monday, July 18, 2011) of Chancellor Emeritus David Ward becoming the Interim Chancellor for University of WI – Madison for the next 12 months; we remind the legislators that they have not stepped up and provided a response of any kind to our many contacts directly and “copied”; nor have you informed my office of an investigation to the flagrant malfeasance and misfeasance acts against the citizenry submitted to your attention and the WI State Attorney General during (but started before) the 2010-2011 Search and Selection of the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee of the 8th Chancellor – An Open Complaint of Discrimination, Segregation, Conflict of Interest, Lack of Access to the Board, refused meetings and public records, and lack of compliance to Chapter 36 State Statute, i.e., 36.01(2) (7)(09) brought to your attention by Mary Glass, Chair/CEO, Milwaukee Professionals Association.

We further make “public” that this is not keeping with WI Legislators’ Oath of Office, state-and-federal guidelines, our state Constitution and our United States Constitution.

You know and we make known that this is against the law and therefore an offense against a class of Milwaukee/Wisconsin citizens of Milwaukee, namely African American, other People of Color and the Work-Challenged (un-, under-employed; un-, under-skilled; un-, under-capitalized businesses at the neighborhood-level, disabled; and re-entry; especially those reentering from WAR, INCARCERATION, boomerang employment and boomerang retirement).

Posted: www.mpapublicpolicyreview.blogspot.com
Saturday, July 16, 2011
Mary Glass - Chair/CEO
Milwaukee Professionals Association

Friday, July 15, 2011

The 27th Annual - 5K UNCF Walk/Run for Education

Public Policy: BOOSTING Education Attainment
Area: College Level
Source: UNCF - United Negro College Fund

THEME: Mind, Body and Spirit

It is that time again - Walk for the United Negro College Fund.

Saturday, July 16, 2011 at 8:30 am on Second and Wisconsin Avenue in downtown Milwaukee.

BOOSTING Education attainment of students to and throughout college.

"A mind is a terrible thing to waste" - so help us reach our fundraising goal of $200,000 to support scholarships for Wisconsin students and support programming at our 39 member colleges and universities. We will work our bodies with the 3.1 mile walk or certified run and refresh our spirit with family, friends, and conversation as we continue the course from downtown streets to the beautiful Lakefront.

UNCF 2011