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Saturday, December 31, 2011

HAPPY NEW YEAR from the Family of Milwaukee Professionals Association



Greetings! Happy NEW Year

On behalf of the Family of Milwaukee Professionals Association, We thank each of you for patronizing this website and following our public square passion for human-legal-civil rights.

2011
The year 2011 was 365 days of UPROAR, challenge, change, un-covering/EXPOSING, calling for and demanding solidarity for human-legal-civil rights.

For this "leap" year, I am asking for an outpouring of our CARING spirit for our fellowmen in Leadership, Citizenship and Problem Solving .

Be Blessed.
JOIN US.

The Family of Milwaukee Professionals Association
January 1, 2012

Schacknow - TODAY'S PRIMER - End-of the Year



December 31, 2011

Peter Schacknow, Senior Producer, CNBC Breaking News Desk

The most interesting aspect of the year’s final trading day may be the battle for breakeven: the S&P 500 is currently up a little more than 5 points for 2011 (0.43%) while the Nasdaq has a 1.5% shortfall (about 39 points) to make up. The Dow is comfortable in positive territory for the year by a little more than 6% or about 710 points.

With one day to go, Cabot Oil (COG) is the S&P 500’s best 2011 performer, up 103%, while First Solar (FSLR) has the dubious distinction of posting the biggest drop in the index, down nearly 75%. McDonald’s (MCD) is the Dow’s biggest winner, up 31%, while Bank of America brings up the rear with a 2011 drop of 59%.

As for what might drive stocks in one direction or the other, it won’t be economic reports or earnings releases, with none on the calendar for today.

American Airlines parent AMR (AMR) will be a stock to watch today, although the news surrounding it isn’t much of a surprise. AMR shares will be delisted by the New York Stock Exchange, and will move to the so-called “pink sheets” next week. That follows the company’s bankruptcy filing and the drop of its share price below the NYSE’s minimum listing requirements.

Cheniere Energy (LNG) also makes the watch list today, as SAC Capital raises its stake in the company to 5.7%. Sears Holdings (SHLD) may take another hit today, as Fitch cuts the retailer’s credit rating further into junk territory, to CCC from B. The Wall Street Journal is the latest to speculate that Goldman Sachs (GS) and Morgan Stanley (MS) are the likely frontrunners to lead a Facebook IPO in 2012.

Biotech bellwether Amgen (AMGN) is also in the spotlight this morning, after saying an FDA panel will meet in February to discuss a possible new approval for its bone drug Xgeva. The panel will examine the drug’s use in preventing advanced prostate cancer from spreading.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Schacknow - TODAY'S PRIMER , December 28, 2011



Peter Schacknow, Senior Producer, CNBC Breaking News Desk

With three trading days to go for 2011, many Wall Street investors have already brought their year to a close. Tuesday saw the year’s lightest full-day volume of the year on the New York Stock Exchange, with the major averages barely budging.

The S&P 500 did manage to chalk up again of exactly one tenth of a point, giving it its first 5-day win streak since mid-September.

The 2011 breakeven watch remains on for the Nasdaq Composite, which is now within 1% of erasing its 2011 losses. The Dow is up 6.2% for the year, while the S&P 500 has eked out a 0.6% gain.

A lack of stock market excitement is likely to continue today, with no government economic reports on today’s calendar. The usual Wednesday release of the Energy Department’s oil and gasoline inventory figures is delayed until Thursday because of this week’s Monday holiday. We will, however, get the usual weekly report on mortgage applications from the Mortgage Bankers Association at 7am ET.

The dearth of news extends to the corporate earnings calendar, which is completely blank today, although we will watch for any earnings warnings ahead of fourth quarter earnings season.

Morgan Stanley (MS) will be a stock to watch today, as it announces plans to cut 580 jobs at four offices in New York City. We’ll also watch shares of New York Times Co. (NYT) as it announces plans to sell 16 regional newspapers and related businesses to Halifax Media for $143 million. Online retailers such as Amazon.com (AMZN) will be on the watch list today as well, as comScore reports online holiday spending has totaled more than $35 billion this year, up 15% from the same period a year ago.

BP (BP) could get a boost today after an Alaska judge dismissed government charges against the oil giant. The government had charged that BP had violated terms of its criminal probation following a 2009 oil spill in that state.

Medicis Pharmaceutical (MRX) could be under pressure today, after cutting its revenue and earnings outlook for the fourth quarter. Chipmaker Cavium (CAVM) also cut its outlook, prompting a 7% after-hours slide in its shares.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

ELECTION 2012 Dates to Remember



December 27, 2011

2012 ELECTIONS
•Spring Primary Election - Tuesday, February 21st
•Spring Election - Tuesday, April 3rd (Presidential Primary)

The above dates would apply to the election of:
-- mayor
-- 15 alderpersons
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•Fall Primary Election - Tuesday, August 14th
•Fall General Election - Tuesday, November 6th (Presidential Election)

UNACCEPTABLE Behavior over the Holiday Weekend in the Public Malls

CLICK for video
This past weekend before Xmas
All Across the Country - Malls were the scene of misbehavior on the part of some customers in the area out to purchase the latest edition of "RETRO Air Jordan" tennis shoes - shoes named after veteran Baseball great, Michael Jordan.
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Take the lead
Clearly an ongoing EDUCATION campaign is needed to help prevent behavior of this type.

We ask that the creators of Air Jordan and the Malls work together and create an ongoing campaign of safety and best practices for upcoming sells/sales.

Milwaukee Professionals Association is asking that the Malls that carry the brand & the producer of the brand step forward and take the lead - it's good business sense.

Customer accountability
As for the customer, reaction that is hazardous in the public domain is "out-of-order". It is not in the best interest of anyone to act like a mob - for sure, some one (s) will be hurt and/or killed.

Additionally, it is important to think of how we drain our resources when misbehavior of "a rush", "pushing", "grabbing", trappling others in pursuit of objects like Air Jordan shoes.
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MALL OF AMERICA, Minnesota - Then, there was an equal display of "unacceptable" behavior in the public square at the Mall of America in Minnesota.

The UNCLEAR reports speak to a rumor of the appearance of Lil Wayne and Drake, rap artists. This behavior does nothing but support a thought of "not having" these artists to perform for fear of such behavior.

Again, unacceptable.

Trashing the food court is not the way to voice a concern you want to be taken seriously. And, it certainly will not ensure a performance from an artist that will be blamed for such riotous behavior.

An education campaign should be part of the Malls channel development for ongoing and constantly updated public safety. They should call upon Lil Wayne and Drake to help promote "best behavior" - It is in their interest for more than one reason.

Think about it. Pass it on. We MUST do better already.

D E M O C R A C Y - December 27, 2011


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ALL Hands on Deck, WE, Not Me Initiative Calls for DEMOCRACY with a heavy dosage of Social Justice in the City of Milwaukee, Wisconsin - An Urban City with a majority of People of Color.

1. a state of society characterized by formal equality of rights and privileges.
2. the distribution of advantages and disadvantages within a society.
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ALVIN AILEY'S Countdown 2011


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Don’t miss Robert Battle’s first season as Artistic Director, filled with a rich array of premieres and new productions. Highlights include Home, a bold new work by hip-hop choreographer Rennie Harris, and Ohad Naharin’s phenomenally inventive Minus 16. And for the first time, the extraordinary Ailey dancers take on the choreography of Paul Taylor with his romantic masterpiece Arden Court.
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Dance Your Way Into 2012:
Final Week of NY Performances

Hurry to see the Ailey company during their final week at New York City Center. There are just 8 more unforgettable performances left, including:

WED DEC 28 at 8: "All New" program includes Arden Court, Minus 16, and Home

SAT DEC 31 at 2: Audience favorites, including the hit Minus 16, followed by a Q&A with dancers

SAT DEC 31 at 7 (early curtain): "Best Bet for New Year's Eve" (Wall St Journal) includes Revelations with live music

SUN JAN 1 at 7:30: "Best of 2011" program includes highlights of the season's six new works plus Revelations

Friday, December 23, 2011

Milwaukee Professionals Association - MERRY CHRISTMAS - 2011


Nat King Cole - The Christmas Song

All Around the World - Have a Merry Merry Christmas - from our office-family-house to yours.
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Be strengthened with a wonderful sense of PEACE on EARTH Goodwill towards men.

BACKSTORY - In Turkey, Western Companies Find Stability and Growth

Yeni Raki, a brand of a traditional Turkish alcoholic beverage produced by Mey Içki, a spirits company that was bought by Diageo in August.
DECEMBER 22, 2011

by Mark Scott

LONDON - In Turkey, Western Companies Find Stability and Growth

LONDON — Turkey’s split personality has often left it caught between two worlds. Some European nations have vocally opposed the country’s attempts to build closer ties with the West. And many of its Middle Eastern neighbors have been wary of the avidly secular state.

Now, the country’s identity is an advantage for deal makers. Turkey doesn’t have the economic baggage of its European neighbors, which are dealing with the sovereign debt crisis. With a relatively stable government, it has also angled for a more prominent role in the Middle East, as countries like Syria and Libya continue to face turmoil.

The combination of economic growth and political stability has attracted cash-rich companies looking to make acquisitions. So far this year, deal volume has totaled $10.6 billion, ahead of European countries like Austria, Portugal and the Czech Republic. In 2010, mergers and acquisitions reached $25.6 billion, up from $1.1 billion a decade ago.

“The economic backdrop in Turkey is better than in other European economies and has been rebounding faster,” Emre Yildirim, an executive director at JPMorgan Chase who focuses on Turkish mergers and acquisitions. “It’s a large country that’s growing quickly, so it makes strategic sense for companies to take a look.”

The country’s rapid growth has been a critical factor for foreign buyers. Turkey’s gross domestic product is on track to increase by 8 percent this year.

FULL STORY
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DIAGEO
Take a look, you may find a brand you drink.
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Our BEST for a QUICK and HEALTHY Recovery for Representative Tamara Grigsby



MILWAUKEE - "We send our best and strongest wishes of strength and blessed recovery for our own Rep. Tamara Grigsby, Wisconsin 18th District," said Mary Glass, Chair/CEO, Milwaukee Professionals Association.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Thank you from Senator Chris Larson - BadgerCare Petition - December 22, 2011

Senator Chris Larson - District 7 - Says "Thank you" to participants that signed BadgerCare Petition.

Mary Glass, Chair/CEO, Milwaukee Professionals Association was one of the signers.
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SignOn.org

Below is a message that Sen. Chris Larson (WI-7) asked us to pass along in response to the petition “Save BadgerCare”.
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December 22, 2011


Dear Neighbor:

Thank you for signing onto a petition regarding your opposition to the recent cuts made to BadgerCare in addition to those from the 2011-2013 Biennial State Budget. I share your concerns about cuts to our health safety net, including BadgerCare, and appreciate you taking the time to contact me.

BadgerCare is a program that was created with bipartisan support under former Governor Tommy Thompson. Currently, about one out of five Wisconsin residents rely on Medicaid programs, including BadgerCare, for their health care needs. The number of individuals enrolled in the state's Medicaid programs has been steadily increasing in recent years due to the ongoing recession and increased health care costs, making it one of the worst times to consider additional cuts to our health safety net.

This October, Governor Walker and his administration decided to cut $554 million from Wisconsin’s health safety net. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) has estimated that almost 65,000 Wisconsinites, including 30,000 pregnant women and children, will lose their current BadgerCare health care coverage.

Another group that will be disproportionately affected by these recently announced Medicaid cuts are children, adults and seniors with chronic illnesses, such as cancer and heart disease. Medicaid often becomes the only health care option for people with chronic and life-threatening illnesses, since they often become unable to work and eventually exhaust all of their savings, leaving them unable to cover their medical expenses without the use of Medicaid.

These cuts come in addition to the nearly $500 million that was cut from our state’s Medicaid programs in the Republican Budget and the cap on enrollment that was instituted. I strongly opposed cuts to these life-saving programs and voted against the Republican Budget in June. I continue to support initiatives that aim to restore funding and remove the troublesome enrollment cap. I will continue to fight to support basic health coverage for Wisconsin’s working families. In the face of these tough economic times, we should do whatever possible to ease the burden on Wisconsin families who depend on these safety net programs.

If the Governor insists on endangering those who rely on BadgerCare and other Medicaid programs, the least we can do is provide them adequate notice. Therefore, I am also supporting legislation that would require that individuals who would stand to lose their BadgerCare benefits or eligibility be given at least 60 days notice from DHS. Under current law, DHS is only required to give a Medicaid beneficiary 10 days notice before implementing changes to their coverage, which is simply not enough time for struggling families to try and adjust.

Again, thank you for signing onto a petition to show your support for vital Wisconsin health care programs, including BadgerCare. Please do not hesitate to contact me in the future about this or any other state issues important to you.

If you would like updates on community and state news, please visit www.SenatorChrisLarson.com and subscribe to my free weekly newsletter, the Larson Report.

Sincerely,
Chris Larson
State Senator
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Sensenbrenner of Wisconsin forgets his Manners and "his size"



December 22, 2011

WASHINGTON, DC - Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner, Republican-Wisconsin, misspoke, yes he mispoke intentionally. According to reports, he was overheard loudly in the Delta Airline lounge on the telephone.

Since he is a public figure that the people have hired to do their business and to represent them in government, it is unacceptable to speak out like he did in public disrespect. I am sure his "mouthy" statement is not appreciated by the masses that know his remarks were "out-of-order".

After remembering that he is a "hired" representative of the people; and, that he looks like he haven't missed any meals - on the portly side, I guess this was just an off-moment for the Congressman," said Mary Glass, Chair/CEO, Milwaukee Professionals Association. "Just for the record, some Women of Color tend to have shapely full-figured and very attractive derrieres." "Mrs. Obama is statuesque, the buttocks is a bonus."


Does the President need to keep an eye on Sensenbrenner's eyes?
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ABC video

Schacknow - TODAY'S PRIMER, December 22, 2011



Peter Schacknow, Senior Producer, CNBC Breaking News Desk

The “battle for breakeven” goes into its final six trading days of the year – with the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq both down for 2011, but with margins that may be small enough to make up before year’s end.

The S&P 500 is down 1.1 percent for the year, the Nasdaq down 2.8 percent. The Dow is well into the black, with a 4.6 percent annual gain.

Several economic reports could help drive trading today, starting with two reports at 8:30am ET.

Initial jobless claims are expected to rise to 378,000 for the week ending December 17, up from 366,000 the prior week.

And the second revision of third quarter GDP is seen coming in with no change, matching the prior estimate of 2.0 percent annual growth.

At 9:55am ET, the University of Michigan’s consumer sentiment index should rise to 68.1 for December from the prior reading of 67.7, according to consensus forecasts.

At 10am ET, the Conference Board’s Index of Leading Economic Indicators is expected to rise 0.3 percent for November following October’s 0.9 percent increase.

And finally, at 10:30am ET, the EIA will issue its weekly look at natural gas inventories.

The earnings calendar is extremely light today, with greeting card maker American Greetings (AM) among the only reports scheduled this morning.

We’ll watch shares of Yahoo (YHOO), as reports say the company is considering a deal to sell its holdings in Alibaba Group and its Japanese affiliate back to their majority owners for about $17 billion.

Micron Technology (MU) also makes our watch list, falling 1 percent in after-hours trading after posting a wider than expected loss for its fiscal first quarter.

Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY) saw a nearly 4 percent loss after-hours, after third quarter sales came in weaker than expected and the retailer gave a conservative profit outlook for the fourth quarter.

Vivus (VVUS) shares are also under pressure, after new data on the diet drug Qnexa showed a higher rate of birth defects in women who took the drug during pregnancy.
Furniture maker Herman Miller (MLHR) fell after hours on signs of slowing sales momentum.

The war of words over the payroll tax cut extension continue in Washington today, with President Obama set to speak on that topic at 12:15pm ET.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Schacknow - TODAY'S PRIMER, December 21, 2011



Peter Schacknow, Senior Producer, CNBC Breaking News Desk

U.S. stocks appear set to extend Tuesday’s rally, which saw the biggest one-day gains for the major averages since November 30.

Helping sentiment both here and abroad: extremely strong demand in the European Central Bank’s first-ever three year loan operation. 523 banks borrowed 489.2 billion euros, well above estimates.

We’ll get several key data points for the U.S. housing market following yesterday’s much stronger than expected November housing starts.

The Mortgage Bankers Association will issue its weekly report on mortgage applications at 7am ET, and the National Association of Realtors is out with November existing home sales at 10am ET. Economists are expecting the sales pace to rise to an annual rate of 5.08 million from October’s 4.97 million, but the group will also be issuing about three years worth of revised data which will cut those numbers down.

The revision comes after it was discovered that some home sales over that period had been double counted.

We’ll also get the weekly reading on oil and gasoline inventories from the Energy Department at 10:30am ET, and the Treasury will sell $29 billion in 10-year notes with the results of that auction available shortly after 1pm ET.

Oracle (ORCL) leads our list of stocks to watch, after its earnings results missed forecasts for the first time in a decade.

Nike (NKE) shares rose after hours following its quarterly earnings report, though investors did express concerns about shrinking profit margins.
Jabil Circuit (JBL) is under pressure after its revenue growth came in at the low end of the company’s forecast range.

Papa John’s (PZZA) fell after-hours as its 2012 earnings estimates fall below consensus.

Research In Motion (RIMM) shares will continue to be in the spotlight, as reports surface of various companies either being interested in buying the beleaguered BlackBerry maker, or having been interested and then backing down.

We’ll also watch shares of Baidu (BIDU) today, as China’s largest search engine is removed by the U.S. from its list of “notorious markets” for piracy.

And Delphi Financial (DFG) also makes the watch list on news the insurer will be bought by Japan’s Tokio Marine for $2.7 billion. That comes to About $43.88 per share, compared with yesterday’s closing price of $25.43.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Yahoo Press Release by Supervisor Gerry Broderick - December 19, 2011



MILWAUKEE - Today, Supervisor Gerry Broderick, 3rd District, released a very "to-the-point" statement of leadership regarding the too long "ARROGANCE" and "UN-AUTHORIZED" statements from the MMAC/Milwaukee Metropolitan Asssociation of Commerce.

Supervisor Broderick hit a triple here - he said (paraphasing), "on what authority are you genuine?

We at Milwaukee Professionals Association say "thanks, but no thanks".
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Can we pipe this throughout the City of Milwaukee, Madison and the entire state/world?

YAHOO!
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Milwaukee County Supervisor Gerry Broderick, 3rd District
Chairman, Parks, Energy & Environment Committee

For Immediate Release December 19, 2011
Contact: Harold Mester, Public Information Manager
414/278-4051 or harold.mester@milwcnty.com

MMAC EDUCATION PLAN LACKS EXPERTISE

Milwaukee, WI – Milwaukee County Supervisor Gerry Broderick released the following statement regarding the education plan announced by the Milwaukee Metropolitan Association of Commerce (MMAC):

“It has been announced that members of the MMAC have devised a strategy to ‘close the education gap’ in the Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS). That’s nice of them to take such interest, but who elected them to make these decisions? Who do they represent? What type of special expertise do they have on education? Are they under the false impression that they’re on the MPS Board?

“As a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Education Department, I would think that qualified educators would be the best source to develop such strategies, rather than a self-interested group of businessmen unschooled in educational matters. After all, we don’t go to plumbers for neurosurgery.”

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Sunday, December 18, 2011

BLOGTALKRADIO update - by January 15, 2012



Sunday, Late Edition - December 18, 2011

MILWAUKEE - On November 28, 2011, we announced a NEW platform that we would offer our readers. At that time, my office stated a 7 day start time. We regret not meeting that date. Our new start time will be by the Middle of January or by January 15, 2012 - Birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr - Drum Major for Justice.

BlogTalkRadio is the largest and fastest growing online talk radio network. A truly democratized medium, BlogTalkRadio has tens of thousands of hosts and millions of listeners tuning in and joining the conversation each month. Many businesses also utilize the platform as a tool to extend their brands and better communicate with the people that are most important to their business.

The name of the show: In the Global Round w/Mary Glass.

Stay tuned.

NEW - MARY GLASS joins AllVoices as a Stringer




SUNDAY EXTRA - December 18, 2011

Allvoices - San Francisco, CA - Internet

Mary Glass, Chair/CEO, Milwaukee Professionals Association, Milwaukee, WI, has joined the global family of "citizen stringers" on All Voices.

The first article is:

Milwaukee Professionals Association seeks to correct the Wrong of UW Milwaukee Chancellor Lovell and the UW Regents

Take a look, CLICK
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About Allvoices

Mission
As the world's premier platform for citizen journalism, Allvoices is committed to delivering a community-driven platform for open, global news and idea exchange. In support of this mission, Allvoices:

•Empowers contributors around the world to share news and views

•Fosters an engaged community of contributors and audience members who value critical thinking and intelligent discourse while remaining respectful of one another

•Rewards contributors financially for the page views their content generates in a regular and reliable fashion

•Delivers technology solutions that help contributors gain exposure and build a following

•Provides contributors with resources to help their stories stand out, including licensed photos, writing tips from other members of the community and social media tools

•Helps contributors improve their writing voice and gain valuable experience and mentoring by enabling mentoring exchanges with other contributors

•Responds quickly and effectively to users' flags of inappropriate content, as defined by Allvoices' Terms of Use

Lee - Options Action - Added to MPA Public Policy Review INFO sharing



Melissa Lee - Options Action Host

OPTIONS RUNDOWN - December 16, 2011
They are the names you’ve probably thought about buying, fantasized about shorting and probably lost money at some point doing both. Talking about internet IPO stocks like Groupon and LinkedIn which continue to see huge price swings. They were joined today by Zynga, whose IPO was a bit disappointing to some investors. Is it time to short these stocks? We think so, and we’ll give you an options trade that will define your risk and increase your leverage. Plus, we will also preview next week’s Oracle earnings and give you an options trade for it. And we will take a look back on our winning Deutsche Bank trade.

To learn about the market and for advice on the market, CLICK
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Friday, December 16, 2011

MPA "Ain't NO STOPPIN us Now" Theme - Luther Vandross and McFadden/Whitehead

Version 1
Luther Vandross - 1995


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Energy is on the move - It speaks to the ACTION for the 2012 Campaigns and the already 17-Square ACTION Square.

We have selected Luther Vandross AND McFadden/Whitehead versions of Ain't No Stoppin Us Now.

Ain't NO.
Ain't Goin to be NO.

To the, to the,
STOPPIN US NOW
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Join us and do not be left behind.
Take a listen and get on board.
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-- Visit regularly this website.
-- If you have not signed-up for the Facebook - send your email to: safetymattersresponsenetwork@gmail.com.

Version 2
McFadden/Whitehead - 1979

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Skin in the Game - INNOVATION by Milwaukee Professionals Association



MILWAUKEE - In keeping with re-defining, re-branding and un-trapping Milwaukee's hidden talent at the neighborhood level, especially African American, other People of Color and the Work-Challenged; Milwaukee Professionals Association-MPA has initiated another ACTION step for the All Hands on Deck, WE, Not Me Initiative.

It is part of MPA's Safety Matters Response Network and its "MoveOn.Org" affiliation for global perspectives and 2020 competitiveness.

It is identified as: CAMPAIGNS w/INNOVATIVE RECRUITMENT - designed for like minds.
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17-Square of Innovation – Milwaukee Professionals Association
This identifies the theme of each of the 17 projects already part of the ACTION plan for re-defining, re-branding and un-trapping talent in the City of Milwaukee.
They represent All Hands on Deck Initiative.

L-R
Innovation in the Public Square, high school-technical-4-year POSSE, Stewardship-Trust, MPA TOP of the Line Case Learning, Safety Matters Response Network

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Innovation in the Public Square, Education/Technology attainment, Urban Health Initiative, Truth in Discussion – Saturday Talk

L-R Bottom
Saturday Talk, Research for Development, Saturday Talk Forum, Volunteerism, Urban/Rural North America Stewardship Project

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Safety Matters Response Network, LIKE MINDS Campaigns, Busy Beaver mascot, Pass it On logo, Urban/Rural North America Stewardship Project

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DIAMONDS in the Rough

LARSON WEEKLY REPORT - December 16, 2011



Dear Friend,

While other legislators and local elected officials worked hard this week to bring increased accountability to Milwaukee's property tax bills, Governor Walker introduced a new policy that tramples on your First Amendment rights.

As usual, please feel free to contact me with any questions, concerns or opinions you may have about our community or our state.

Sincerely,

Chris Larson - WI Senator, 7th District
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Capitol Access Restricted...Again
Governor Walker and his administration are set to implement a new policy to prevent Wisconsinites from using their First Amendment right to free speech. Starting tomorrow, December 16, groups of four or more people must obtain permits for all activity and displays in state buildings, including the Capitol, and apply for those permits at least 72-hours in advance. Families and groups of four or more can also be required to pay a fee or obtain liability insurance or a bond before getting a permit.

Who Would be Affected?
Governor Walker and his Department of Administration (DOA) appointees were rather vague in the language used to draft this new policy. It is expected that Capitol Police will be responsible for determining who is in violation of this policy and what action should be taken on a case-by-case basis. Because of the unclear language and the inability of DOA and Capitol Police to list examples of what does or does not violate the provision limiting access to the Capitol, many people may unknowingly be in violation of this order and be forced to face the consequences.

This provision has the potential to be applied to families of four or more, 4th grade classes on a field trip, tour groups, and advocacy organizations handing out literature on their lobby days. Capitol Police would also have the authority to choose when to enforce it or not as they could penalize a group of six choosing to sing a song in opposition of Walker, while choosing to allow a group of 10 to chant in support of Walker.

Continuation of Policies to Decrease Government Accessibility
Throughout this year, Governor Walker and Republican legislators have:

* Abruptly halted public hearings on controversial legislation before citizens were able to speak

* Violated Wisconsin's Open Meetings Law

* Locked the public and legislators out of the Capitol

* Rejected transparency and accountability measures proposed on numerous bills

* Pushed special interest legislation that had no public author

Our governor should be encouraging input and participation from his neighbors, not seeking retribution and suppressing those that may disagree with his policies. We must work together to encourage a more open government and increase accessibility to our elected officials, rather than adopting policies that aim to restrict First Amendment rights.

It is my hope that the embarrassment of the governor's unconstitutional restrictions will force DOA to change this policy before its implementation.

Click here to view a copy of this policy change.
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Office Phone: (608) 266-7505
Toll-free Phone: (800) 361-5487

Email: Sen.Larson@legis.wi.gov

Mailing Address:
State Capitol
P.O. Box 7882
Madison, WI 53707

Web Site:
SenatorChrisLarson.com

Schacknow - TODAY'S PRIMER, December 16, 2011

Peter Schacknow, Senior Producer, CNBC Breaking News Desk

The U.S. stock market is coming off its first positive day in four sessions, and it may be a rare day where its direction is influenced by a non-Europe headline. Congressional lawmakers have reached a deal to avert a government shutdown, resolving at least one prominent issue with a looming deadline.

After Thursday’s flood of economic stats, just one report is on the calendar this morning: the November Consumer Price Index, out at 8:30am ET. Economists are looking for an unchanged performance, with the core rate rising 0.1 percent. In October, the CPI fell 0.1 percent, with the core rate up 0.1 percent.

The earnings calendar is similarly light, but there is one report of note as Darden Restaurants (DRI) comes out with quarterly numbers this morning. The numbers themselves may not be a surprise – with the company guiding Wall Street lower just a week ago, and the stock taking a hit as a result.

Research In Motion (RIMM) tops this morning’s list of stocks to watch, with the BlackBerry maker beating estimates with its latest results, but issuing disappointing guidance. A more optimistic earnings story comes from software maker Adobe Systems (ADBE), which beat estimates with its latest results.

Executive changes make Amgen (AMGN) and New York Times (NYT) stocks to watch this morning. Amgen’s chief operating officer Bob Bradway will replace current CEO Kevin Sharer in May, while Times CEO Janet Robinson will retire on December 31 and be replaced by current chairman Arthur Sulzberger Jr. Changes are also in the works at Cablevision (CVC), where chief operating officer Tom Rutledge has abruptly resigned.
Investors will be very interested in today’s debut of Zynga (ZNGA), which raised $1 billion in its IPO as it priced at $10 per share, at the high end of the expected range.

And a move of note for top video game publisher Electronic Arts (ERTS), which will have a new ticker symbol as of Tuesday: EA. The stock will, however, continue to trade on the Nasdaq.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Who is Running Milwaukee? Who authorized Sheehy and Klappa as Co-Mayors or Deputy Mayors?



MILWAUKEE – Milwaukee voters every 4 years have the opportunity of selecting a MAYOR and 15 members of the COMMON COUNCIL to run their city government.

However, there seem to be appointed or self-appointed “Deputy Mayors” pulling and implementing strings behind the scene that violates the letter and spirit of our laws. They are all Caucasian, well-connected, and of financial means - for many the financial means have come on the backs of Milwaukeeans, especially African American, other People of Color and the Work Challenged.

They are connected and interconnected through a cronyism structure that creates an "oligopoly" - the market condition that exists when there are few sellers, as a result of which they can greatly influence price and other market factors.

Their behavior is out-of-control and defies ethical Code of Conduct for human-legal-civil rights. Their behavior has engaged in outright discrimination of People of Color, using privilege, conflict of interest and unfair advantage to lobby passing of laws and deny-delay-take away medical, educational, technological, environmental, employment (Department of Labor HIRED)and business venturing at the neighborhood-level rights.

The main two are:
TIM SHEEHY – President, Milwaukee Metropolitan Association of Commerce/MMAC

Sheehy, a resident of Whitefish Bay (according to file) has unprecedented and questionable decision making for the City of Milwaukee.

He sits on economic committees that are Caucasian-based and corporate corporations - private industry focused, with decision making powers (without authority from the People of Milwaukee).

His organization, MMAC, receives funds from the government pool that should be directed to neighborhood level businesses OR businesses of the the neighborhood who have chosen to partner with MMAC.

This is seen long-term (17 years - 1994 to now) on the Milwaukee Economic Development Corporation. He is identified as: a community organization dedicated to economic development. Yet, we at the neighborhood/community level have not seen direct interaction, creating financial hubs, research parks, incubators, entrepreneurial partnerships and relevant "stimuli" from the corporate structure. Just a lot of exclusion, demonizing, running the "education-drug" scam, demonizing, scapegoating and stealing of mega government funds for outsourcing and cronyism.

Sheehy is flagged on the Board of MEDC as a member of the Executive Committee. He is along side:

-- Mayor Tom Barrett
-- Common Council President Willie Hines (Alderman 15th District)
-- Alderman Joe Davis
-- Martin Morics, City Comptroller
-- David Clark, Northwestern Mutual
-- Fred Lubar, Super Steel Products
-- James Boomberg, Pyra Max Bank
-- Jean McKey, McKey Perforating Company
-- Tom O'Neill, M&I Bank

He is on special committees, international junkets, panels and special-formed committees that systematically and institutionally make decisions about how Milwaukee government funds are channeled. This is one of the examples seen in the Smart Growth Signature Plan (2005-2010) observation by Mary Glass, Chair/CEO, Milwaukee Professionals Association.

He and his organization, MMAC, are the operation driving force of Milwaukee 7. He is for some reason the lone ranger authority of privilege and “unfair advantage” using the resources for Milwaukeeans, especially African American and other People of Color business groups.

GALE KLAPPA - Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company, Wisconsin Electric and Wisconsin Energy Corporation, Milwaukee , WI.

In addition to the chairman-president-ceo of the monopoly utility company in Milwaukee/Wisconsin, he is the "permanent" co-chair of the Milwaukee 7 (in addition to Mayor Tom Barrett).

Klappa has remain permanent in the position while others have moved on, i.e., Edward Zore – retired chairman, Northwestern Mutual Insurance, Michael Grebe – president & ceo, Lynne and Harry Bradley Foundation.

Klappa has maintained a superior and autocratic spot with his initial investment of $1 million for the formation status – the second highest was $500,000 given by the Bradley Foundation and $500,000 given by WI Department of Commerce (the People's funds).

It is clear that the unprecedented post of “CO-CHAIR” has bought WE Energies mega privileges and amenities not sanctioned by the People. They include:

-- WE Energies strategic planning
-- hands-on access to federal-state-county-city government
-- garnered favorable delays in environmental pollution problems that go without change
-- cronyism in oversight commission at the state level for compliance issues
-- complicit behavior also in lack of compliance at the Department of Public Works level and with other agencies such as Warner Cable
-- not to mention the underwriting and support of Michels Corporation past and present mega contracts with the city of Milwaukee.

The growing "at-large" group of members of Milwaukee 7 is a Who's Who of Caucasians - Attorney Cory Nettles is suspect at best since he is too often "absent" from business development that affectuate "critical mass" of People of Color rather than one or two - he, Carla Cross and associates.

This is another example referenced in the 5-year Smart Growth Signature Plan (2005-2010) observation by Mary Glass that revealed the ongoing wrongdoings of elected-appointed-hired-volunteered-donor for hire.

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Note on this chart the BLUE designation. It has been dormant and without real blood since its inception, BY DESIGN.
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CORRECTION added: December 20, 2011
The "HIRED" reference above should be WIRED.
Workforce Innovation in Regional Economic Development (WIRED)
Division of Workforce System Support

Contact by Mary Glass was to the Office of:
Janet Sten - Chief
Divison of Workforce System Support
Employment and Training Administration, USDOL
Room C4510
200 Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20210
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This federal initiative, "by design" excluded Milwaukeeans - African American, other People of Color and the Work Challenged.

Mary Glass documented in Milwaukee Professionals Association Smart Growth 5-Year Signature Plan (2005-2010) observation the "by design" EXCLUSION of the Milwaukee 7, headed by:
- Mayor Tom Barrett - City of Milwaukee
- Tim Sheehy - President of Milwaukee Metropolitan Association of Commerce
- Gale Klappa - Chairman/CEO/President of We Energies
- Michael Mortell, Waukesha County Technical College

TWO (2) Employment Opportunities - State of WI



December 15, 2011

WISCONSIN - Agricultural, Trade and Consumer Protection
CLICK name of position to go to information.

Position
(Compliance Sect Chief) - Career Executive

Position
Two ~ Meat Safety Supervisors

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Schacknow - TODAY'S PRIMER , December 14, 2011



Peter Schacknow, Senior Producer, CNBC Breaking News Desk

The Dow and the S&P 500 are coming off three losing days in four sessions, with the Fed's tepid outlook adding to the list of investors' economic concerns.

The Dow is the only one of the major averages higher for 2011 at this point, trying for its first three-year winning streak since 1997-1999.

The government's economic calendar is light today, with only the monthly report on import prices out before the opening bell.

That report - due out at 8:30am ET - is expected to show import prices up 1.1 percent in November, following a 0.6 percent decline in October.

We'll also get the weekly reading on mortgage applications from the Mortgage Bankers Association at 7am ET, and the weekly look at oil and gasoline inventories from the Energy Department at 10:30am ET.

The Treasury Department will sell $13 billion in 30-year bonds today, with the results available shortly after 1pm ET. That follows strong demand in its 3-year and 10-year note auctions Monday and Tuesday.

In other stat-related news, the National Association of Realtors is planning to downwardly revise its data on existing home sales from 2007 through October of this year, after it discovered that some home sales had been double counted. The final revisions will be issued next Wednesday.

The earnings calendar only has a handful of companies on today's list, with Joy Global (JOYG) the largest of those scheduled to be issued before the opening bell.
Express Scripts (ESRX) is a stock to watch today, on news that it's involved in a pharmacy benefit contract dispute with Wellpoint (WLP).

The stock was down 4% after hours, although Express Scripts does not expect any resolution to have a material effect on the company's financial condition.
We'll watch shares of Avon Products (AVP), after the company announced it would separate the chairman and CEO roles, and move CEO Andrea Jung to the chairman's slot.

We'll also watch shares of retailers today, with ShopperTrak reporting that the week ending December 10 saw a 1.9% drop in retail sales compared to the same week a year earlier.

In the news: the House has passed its version of a payroll tax cut extension, but the bill is considered to have no chance in the Senate.

Also up in the air: a deal to avert a government shutdown, with complications arising after the two parties had struck a tentative deal to fund the government through the end of 2012.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

LARSON Weekly Report - December 8, 2011

Today's date: Tuesday, December 12, 2011

Special Session Adjourned, Special Interests Not Jobs the Focus
The second special session of the year was abruptly adjourned today. A number of bills were passed as Christmas presents to special interests and big corporations, but despite public pressure job creation was largely ignored. I will discuss this issue in greater detail next week, but I think we can agree that Governor Walker's special session on jobs will go down in history as a failure that moved Wisconsin backwards.

Prohibiting Life-Saving Research, Damaging Our Economy
Another area that would be adversely affected by Assembly Joint Resolution 77 is Wisconsin's research and development sector. Wisconsin has grown to become a leader in the companion fields of stem cell research and regenerative medicine. This road to success began in 1995 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison with the first successful culturing of embryonic stem cells from non-human primates, and later with the isolation of the world’s first human embryonic stem cells.

According to the National Institutes of Health, stems cells may be the key to curing many degenerative diseases, including cancer, Parkinson's disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, multiple sclerosis and spinal cord injuries. Through its research, UW-Madison aims to treat debilitating diseases by discovering new medicines and uncovering the fundamental processes that lead to such diseases. As a result, many people across the state, throughout the country and around the world who are or know someone suffering from one of these diseases are counting on Wisconsin's continued progress in this field.

In addition to making landmark discoveries, Wisconsin has lead the way in transforming cutting edge research into high-paying jobs. Experts predict the
stem cell industry sector will reach in excess of $10 billion over the next ten years.
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Office Phone: (608) 266-7505
Toll-free Phone: (800) 361-5487

Email: Sen.Larson@legis.wi.gov

Mailing Address:
State Capitol
P.O. Box 7882
Madison, WI 53707

Web Site:
SenatorChrisLarson.com

Mayor Tom Barrett asked for China Trip Transparency/Accountability

Tuesday Afternoon, December 12, 2011

CLICK - Mayor visit to China - Video, WISN-12

MILWAUKEE - The mayor has just returned from a China junket exclaiming successes - CERNET agreement for Chinese students training and Harley Davidson.

His entourage failed to include African American and other People of Color.

Given his less than expected presentation at Community Brainstorming on November 26, 2011, Mary Glass, Chair/CEO, Milwaukee Professional Association has questions for his transparency and accountability.

They are:

-- Entourage - Who attended the China junket with you?

-- What was the criteria for selection/invitation of individuals to attend this junket with you?

-- Who paid for your accommodations?

-- Who paid for each member that went with you?

-- How much did the trip cost?

-- What African American, other Person of Color business/business organization was/were invited?

-- What was the purpose of your trip?

-- How will Harley Davidson development in China specifically impact jobs/employment for African American, other People of Color and the Work-Challenged in the City of Milwaukee?

Glass also asked about his endorsement of Chancellor Michael Lovell's preliminary agreement with CERNET, ". . . is suspect, "discriminatory" and a specific example of "exploitation", especially since Chancellor Lovell and you went 6506 miles to China but have failed to go 2.1 miles to Martin L. King Drive, said Glass. "Your zeal or GREED for acquisition of "Chinese funds" has distorted principle-centered leadership, channel development, strategic planning and sustainability."
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Let's see if he responds.

CNBC.COM - TODAY'S PRIMER, December 13, 2011

One might very well conclude that the European debt crisis will be the driver for some time to come for whatever the U.S. stock market does on any given day.

Monday, the trend was clearly one of worry - today, the outlook is indecisive, at least based on stock index futures, ahead of a Fed meeting and some key economic reports.

Today's meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee is a one-day gathering, meaning the latest interest rate decision and statement will be out at about 2:15pm ET, and there will be no news conference to follow.

Today, by the way, is Fed chairman Ben Bernanke's 58th birthday.

The latest economic outlook survey from the National Federation of Independent Business is out this morning, with CNBC's Steve Liesman breaking the news from that survey on Squawk Box at 7:30am ET.

The government is out with its November retail sales figures at 8:30am ET, with economists looking for a rise of 0.5 percent, matching the October increase.

At 10am ET, consensus forecasts call for October business inventories to rise 0.8 percent after coming in unchanged in September.

And the Treasury will sell $21 billion in 10-year notes, with the results of that auction available shortly after 1pm ET.

A light earnings calendar does have one report of note on the schedule this morning: Best Buy (BBY), the nation's largest electronics retailer. That report is expected at about 8am ET.

We'll watch shares of Lockheed Martin (LMT) and Boeing (BA) today, with reports saying Japan is likely to pick Lockheed's F-35 fighter jet over Boeing's Super Hornet as it updates its military fleet.

Also on the watch list: AT&T (T), as it continues to rethink whether to keep pursuing its deal to buy T-Mobile USA.

NYSE Euronext (NYX) may also bear watching, as it and potential merger partner Deutsche Boerse offer more concessions in hopes of having EU officials approve their deal.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Mayor Tom Barrett and President/CEO Don Sykes Faltered badly at Brainstorm Conference

Tom Barrett is Absent w/out Leave for 8 years - Part I

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Work Force Development: Fresh approach to jobs
Editorial: Fresh approach to jobs
The flight of Milwaukee's new job training agency needs to be higher and wider than the old Private Industry Council. It's now up to the mayor and Don Sykes.
e-mail print Sept. 26, 2007
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MILWAUKEE - On November 26, 2011, Mayor Tom Barrett and President/CEO Donald Sykes - Milwaukee Area Workforce Investment Board, participated in the November Jobs-Action Steps to Solution Forum hosted by Community Brainstorming Conference. Their presentation was just “disgraceful”. The two seem to have taken a NEW LOW in non-compliance – Absent without leave.

Barrett and Sykes gave a “doom and gloom” soiree - Milwaukeeans lack employment skills (per somebody) and Milwaukeeans cannot pass drug tests (the old drug test scam).

What’s up?
After 8 years as the mayor of Milwaukee, Barrett and his employment czar Sykes faltered badly in reporting what the “good news” in EMPLOYMENT is during his leadership.

The visit told the African American citizenry (largest group present) that the mayor of 8 years have NO redeeming qualities for RE-ELECTION. Did he not know this? Or, is it, he doesn’t give-a-care.

After 8 years, Barrett's outrageous "OUTSOURCING" of mega funds earmarked for Milwaukeeans’ with his cronies – Milwaukee Metropolitan Association of Commerce, Greater Milwaukee Committee and the Milwaukee 7; have literally stolen quality of life and economic development opportunities from the very constituents he was talking to. In fact, by all accounts, African American, other People of Color and the Work-Challenged have been by-sign targeted.

After 8 years of posturing, he and his administration have shown that they will "say one thing and DO NOTHING".

Promises of
Both Barrett and Sykes came in with promises of change. African American, other People of Color and the Work-Challenged have received absolutely “Nothing”.

Sykes rolled into his position with media splash and past SDC/Social Development Commission honors.

Takeover of PIC
Barrett engaged in a takeover and renaming; from PIC/Private Industry Council to MAWIB/Milwaukee Aea Workforce Investment Board.

My office tried several times to reach Sykes when first hired, he would not answer my office calls; when he was seen by me in public, he appeared to not know his job; then, resorted to excuses of population untrained and drug-infested. He seemed to be oblivious to the fact that he was brought here for change – that the citizenry is/was paying for customer care and turnaround. From the jump-off, he was given several millions from the Department of Labor, with $500,000 (small businesses) + $75,000 (toward Sykes’ salary) from Bader Foundation.
That was then (2007).

For Community Brainstorming Conference, it appears that Sykes and Barrett adopted the too often scapegoats, stereotypes and scam to provide cover for lack of proper administration, management, and principle-centered leader - NOT WORKING THIS TIME.

Barrett and Sykes will need more than the “same ole song” - untrained and drug-infested. If that is the case, what have they been doing for 8 years-4 years?

What are the results for the $$$Millions through WIRED and the 21st Century learning through the Department of Labor. This is an example found in the 2005-2010 Smart Growth Signature observation of Milwaukee Professionals Association of mega funds received on behalf of African American, other People of Color and the Work-Challenged but wasted and/or outsourced to others (Waukesha Technical, instead of Milwaukee Area Technical) rather than providing quality customer service and principle-centered leadership from the office of the CEO of the City of Milwaukee.

So, what’s up?
African American, People of Color and the Work-Challenged must put 2012 election “skin-in-the-game”. It starts with ACCOUNTABILITY - no holds barred.
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Barrett was in Beijing, China on December 6, 2011, shortly after Brainstorming Conference, for photo opt with Foley & Lardner Attorney/ex-Governor Jim Doyle and UW-Milwaukee Chancellor Michael Lovell. Interesting.
Stay tuned.

TJ Holmes leaves CNN for BET

TJ Holmes goes to BET/Black Entertainment Television

Atlanta, GA - TJ Holmes, weekend anchor for CNN is spreading his wings and taking a postion at BET - Black Entertainment Television.

Below are exerpts from an interview conducted by the Root.
TR: What will be your role in developing BET's news coverage? What challenges do you see?

TJH: My role will be as a journalist. They brought me on because of my news background and for my news chops. I think many people in the black community would like to turn the TV on when they get home or even in the morning to see news coverage about things that matter to them, coming from people who look like them and talk like them. We have a great opportunity to do that next year, and I hope to play a huge role.

As for the challenges, [BET] does not have the same type of newsroom, news capability or resources of a major news network that does nothing but news. I don't know if those challenges will come up. I'm not anticipating that type of challenge, but it will be different from the day-to-day type of grind [at CNN], where we were live all around the world.

TR: What would you say to people who are wondering why you're leaving an established news channel for BET, which is not known most for its news programming?

TJH: I would say wait until 2012. You have to start somewhere. BET certainly has a foundation in news programming and information programming. I think [beefing up its news programming] was a big part of BET wanting me to come on board, and a big part of me wanting to come on board. BET is saying, "Here is what we're trying to do, and we're taking it so seriously that we went to go get this guy with this [news] background."

I could have stayed at CNN. I had the opportunity to do so. This wasn't about me looking for a job. I chose BET for a reason, for the opportunity that I did not have at CNN just because [they have] a different type of audience. I don't know when this opportunity would come along again, so I couldn't pass it up.

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SAN FRANCISO minimum wage goes to $10.24 in 2012



December 12, 2012

San Francisco - San Francisco will be the first city in the United States to have a minimum wage that tops $10. As of Jan. 1, 2012, workers in the city by the bay will earn a living wage of at least $10.24 per hour.

Back in 2003, San Francisco approved a proposition that would require the city to increase the minimum wage annually utilizing a formula that correlates the rate of inflation with the cost of living. The state of California has a minimum wage of $8 and the federal government maintains a federal minimum wage of $7.25.

When Jan. 1, 2012 hits, San Francisco will have a minimum wage of $10.24/hr, up from $9.92/hr. Although city residents and community organizations say they are pleased with the minimum wage going up, they still find that it is an inadequate wage to live on due to the cost of living.

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Saturday, December 10, 2011

Skin-in-the-Game - African American, People of Color and the Work-Challenged



Saturday Evening - December 10, 2011

MILWAUKEE - Stakeholders of Milwaukee at the neighborhood level have a wonderful opportunity to "show-and-tell their legacy skin in the game".

Milwaukeeans, especially those by-design left out of planning, decision making and implementation of policies and procedures that affect their quality of life and economic development are to be: ALL HANDS on Deck.

Those who continue to bring in huge government funds and have it stolen by elected/appointed/hired/volunteered/donor for hire representatives in Wisconsin.

African American, American Indian, Asian and Latinos are historic investors with little to NO returns. They have primarily been the "worker bees" concerned with survival and staying alive while others, Caucasians and unwise members from their race exploit their humanity and harmony - often with demonizing as a consistent blow.

2012 Election
Well, it is time to assert your long-term Investment Stategy with a number of botton-line "pre-emptive strikes" - your major weapon of change, 2012 Election UPSET across the board.

Tools of your skin-in-the-game consist of a collect-power from WILL and your stamina - your intuition-plus talent and the fine-tuned nuggets from the "schools of hard knocks".

Why now?
Timing - You will need to VOTE so you do not lose your advantage and fail to rise.

Overcrowdedness - You will need to because the field of poverty you are in is becoming over-crowded.

Payoff - You will need to because you have had to exist through psychological and financial stress, but come morning you were still there and ready to start all over again.

Your Mission
You have ELECTIONS to prepare for and to WIN starting in 2012.
You, your family, friends and neighbors must REMOVE some elected/appointed/hired/volunteered and donor-for-hire members who have manipulated the system, conspired with cronies, set-up huge windfalls for themselves, stolen the cookies and everything else that belong to the citizenry. The removal definitely include the "gatekeepers" of your race.

They are "out-of-control".

You must "take control" by calling upon your people-numbers/populations and your memory bank of the how-who-where-when wrongdoing acts. You have been patient, too patient.

It is time for your "skin-in-the-game" to show.
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UW-Milwaukee Chancellor goes 6,506 miles to CERNET to offer special training for students from China but refuses to travel 2.1 miles to King Drive


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Saturday, December 10, 2011

MILWAUKEE - On December 6, 2011, Beijing, China, Chancellor Michael Lovell signed a preliminary agreement with CERNET to establish a Wisconsin International Academy (WIA) in Milwaukee to provide support services for hundreds of Chinese students. This agreement was signed with the blessings of UW Regents Board. The first group of students would arrive fall 2012 semester.

In July, 2010, University of Wisconsin Regents annual meeting in Milwaukee, Mary Glass, Chair/CEO, Milwaukee Professionals Association, hand-delivered to the Wisconsin Board of Regents and UW System President Kevin Reilly, a request for immediate attention to the Enduring Concentrated Poverty condition of Milwaukee. She also gave a printed copy (220 pages) of the 2008 Federal Reserve and Brookings Institution case study that cited Milwaukee as one of the 16 cities of Enduring Concentrated Poverty in America for each member of the Board of Regents and President Reilly.

OPEN COMPLAINT - Investigations
Since then, lack of transparency, failure to honor public information requests, refusal to meet, with and damaging discoveries of massive DISCRIMINATIONS that included a massive exclusion of African American and other People of Color (the dominate population of Milwaukee) and improper selection of the present Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin, Michael Lovell by UW-Milwaukee Selection Committee, Board of Regents selection committee, President Reilly and the FULL BOARD.

We have called repeatedly for appropriate changes that reflect an urban public university of which Wisconsin state statute - Chapter 36 applies. To re-define, re-brand and un-trap hidden talent and opportunities at the neighborhood level in Milwaukee.


Chancellor Lovell is now engaging in another divisive strategy. In the legacy of African Americans, it is a form of Willie Lynching – when a Caucasian leader pits one race member against another – within a race or in this case, one race against another race of color. There is no place for this type of destructive tom-foolery in administration that penalizes local stake-stockholders and international opportunities.

We have called repeatedly for appropriate changes that reflect an urban public university of which Wisconsin state statute - Chapter 36 applies. For All Hands on Deck for access-literacy-fluency in education-research-technology channel development and strategic planning-CASE Study. To re-define, re-brand and un-trap hidden talent and opportunities at the neighborhood level in Milwaukee.

We have called upon Wisconsin Board of Regents, UW System Kevin Reilly and Chancellor Michael Lovell for outreach for information, meeting, dialog and strategic planning to ensure that a "safety net" is in place to turnaround the educational-research-technology void in the City of Milwaukee. It is an opportunity to begin to turnaround the negative image of the Board of Regents, President Reilly and Chancellor Lovell.

We have and will continue to call for principle-centered leadership, transparency, public information, accountability that includes customer care (education-technological-research) of African American, other People of Color and the Work-Challenged (un-, under-employed; un-, under-degreed and certificated; un-, under-financed neighborhood-level business; disabled; and re-entry - especially those returning from WAR, INCARCERATION, BOOMERANG EMPLOYMENT, BOOMERANG RETIREMENT and DEGREED students without employment).

We REJECT the greed and run-on of resources, discriminatory practices with arrogance, People of Color disrespect, and by-design block of quality of life and economic opportunities afforded us as Milwaukeeans and Americans, but stolen by the WI Regent Board, Reilly, Lovell, elected (past and present) officials and well-connected lobbyists.

CERNET
CERNET, established in December 2000 and approved by the Ministry of Education, is responsible for the China Education and Research Network (CERNET) operations and management.

Adhering to the "network service education" purposes, CERNET based education offers services to the community, giving full play to talent, technology and other areas, to provide users with a full range of high quality services such as network access, network technology, and network information.

CERNET adheres to technological innovation, and constantly improves the quality of network operations and the level of service, to extend network coverage, create a safe and smooth green network, develop a wide range of network integration, construction and maintenance of a full range of network technology services, and also on educational information and online training.

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Barrett and Doyle
On December 6, 2011, Beijing, China, we see that the "gang is all here" - Chancellor Michael Lovell, Tom Barrett, Jim Doyle and Johannes Britz (UWM Interim Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs). We are not sure of who the other individuals to the left of Barrett are.

During our preliminary information gathering, one of my office questions to the UW Regents was the over-abundance of attorneys on the UW Regents.

Well, we see where Jim Doyle, ex-Governor wound up, Foley & Lardner - one of the prominent positions on the UW Regents. He is an attorney and he made the appointments while in office as Governor. It is suspect that he is found in this photo.

Also, since he/ex-Governor Jim Doyle and Tom Barrett, mayor, put forth an unsuccessful "take-over" of Milwaukee Public Schools in 2010; again he appears suspect here. Speaking of suspect, both Lovell and Barrett have been found in positions that are counter-to-the quality of life and economic development interest of African American, other People of Color and the Work-Challenged; i.e., Milwaukee 7, Milwaukee Metropolitan Association of Commerce, Greater Milwaukee Committee, Milwaukee Caucasian-based Water Council, UW-Milwaukee Caucasian-based School of Freshwater Science, Joseph Zilber School of Public Health and Innovation Park.

Lovell is taking the first step toward an agreement that could eventually bring hundreds of Chinese students to UWM to study.

CERNET Educational Development is a wholly-owned subsidiary of CERNET Co., LTD, a company founded by the Ministry of Education of the People's Republic of China. CERNET plans to establish a Wisconsin International Academy (WIA) in Milwaukee to provide support services for the students.

The agreement was approved the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents for review at its meeting Dec. 8 and 9 in Madison. If approved by the Board of Regents, the agreement would bring 30 to 50 Chinese students to Milwaukee in the fall 2012 semester to study English through UWM’s Intensive English Program (IEP). An additional 100 to 150 would arrive in fall 2013, with the numbers eventually increasing to 250 students by the fall of 2015. CERNET would establish separate housing for the WIA students in the greater Milwaukee area.

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It is fair to say that Wisconsin Board of Regents, Chancellor Michael Lovell, Mayor Tom Barrett, Foley and Lardner Attorney and ex-Governor Jim Doyle and anyone else must be exposed for what they are doing and how they are attempting to implement this divisive tactic.

Going Forward - INVESTIGATIONS
We welcome recruitment, national and international outreach; however, we see this effort pre-mature at best - charity begins at home. We need to forge a trifecta education movement that will galvanize 21st Century competitiveness of hidden talent and neighborhood level businesses for self-sustainability.

In other words, WI Board of Regents, Chancellor Lovell and the gang must take care of Wisconsin's State Statute and UW-Milwaukee Urban Mission that covers Milwaukeeans that are closer than 2.1 miles from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee before going 5,606 miles to China, to bring others and do what you should be doing at home. Amen.

You cannot remain in this position (board and/or chancellor) and use our benefits -land use and laws, resources, funds, name and disrespect us, the Constitution and all laws appropriate to the offense.

The People have had enough of the cover-up, greed, discrimination, disrespect, lack of service, deception, and failure to honor its laws. We see them city-after-city and nation-after-nation in protest.

CERNET is a direct link of the Chinese government of China.

They are about the same Mission of deployment of its base as Milwaukee Professionals Association, we await their take on this "frowned-on" act by Milwaukee Professionals Association and the globe.

Friday, December 9, 2011

LARSON WEEKLY REPORT - December 8, 2011

Senator Chris Larson - 7th District

Another Attack on Women's Health
Republican legislators have resumed their assault on women's health by recently introducing Assembly Joint Resolution 77. This resolution would change Wisconsin’s Constitution by providing full legal rights to an egg from the moment it is fertilized by sperm.

The repercussions of this amendment would have devastating consequences for women’s health as it could prevent a woman with a life-threatening pregnancy from getting the care she needs, allow the government to intrude into private doctor-patient relationships, and criminalize even common forms of birth control, such as the pill and IUDs. It will also devastate stem cell research in Wisconsin, which has blossomed into a billion dollar industry that helps drive our economy.

Limiting Women's Health
Family planning services are vital to our state and have proven to be effective by saving Wisconsin over $500,000 annually by helping to prevent unintended pregnancies. Furthermore, investing in basic reproductive health care and family planning services shows a commitment to Wisconsin's working families.

This resolution would end many of our state's existing family planning services, by making even common forms of birth control, such as the pill and IUDs illegal and thus inaccessible to women across the state. Furthermore, this resolution would also ban abortion in the case of rape, incest, or to save the life of the mother.

The government should not have the right to intrude on family planning matters as this is a very personal issue and is different for every family. Unfortunately, this is what all families should expect if Assembly Joint Resolution 77 is adopted.

Punishing Couples Who Cannot Conventionally Conceive
In addition to directly affect women's health, Assembly Joint Resolution 77 would also punish couples struggling with infertility. Infertility is a growing issue that many couples face. It currently affect 6.1 million American couples, which is 10% of American couples of childbearing age. As a result of this increasingly common problem, many couples are turning to technology, such as In Vitro Fertilization, to make their dreams of a family a reality.

According to the American Pregnancy Association, there are generally five steps associated with In Vitro Fertilization:

1. The woman takes fertility medications to increase egg production
2. Eggs are retrieved from the woman
3. Sperm are acquired from the man
4. The sperm and egg are combined and placed in incubators to enable fertilization creating embryos
5. On average, no more than four embryos are then transferred into the woman's uterus

This process can often result in excess embryos being created as a contingency has to be made to account for the fact that not all eggs retrieved from the woman will actually reach fertilization and it is dangerous to place more than four embryos into a woman's uterus. Therefore, current processes used to assist couples that are unable to conceive conventionally may be considered illegal and in violation of the constitution if this resolution were to pass.

Prohibiting Life-Saving Research, Damaging Our Economy
Another area that would be adversely affected by Assembly Joint Resolution 77 is Wisconsin's research and development sector. Wisconsin has grown to become a leader in the companion fields of stem cell research and regenerative medicine. This road to success began in 1995 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison with the first successful culturing of embryonic stem cells from non-human primates, and later with the isolation of the world’s first human embryonic stem cells.

According to the National Institutes of Health, stems cells may be the key to curing many degenerative diseases, including cancer, Parkinson's disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, multiple sclerosis and spinal cord injuries. Through its research, UW-Madison aims to treat debilitating diseases by discovering new medicines and uncovering the fundamental processes that lead to such diseases. As a result, many people across the state, throughout the country and around the world who are or know someone suffering from one of these diseases are counting on Wisconsin's continued progress in this field.

In addition to making landmark discoveries, Wisconsin has lead the way in transforming cutting edge research into high-paying jobs. Experts predict the
stem cell industry sector will reach in excess of $10 billion over the next ten years.

Moving Wisconsin in the Wrong Direction
Assembly Joint Resolution 77 is moving our state in the wrong direction. Thus, if this legislation comes to the Senate, I will vote in a way that reflects Wisconsin’s commitment to women’s health, privacy, and freedom. This legislation is so extreme that I am even joined in opposing this joint resolution by our state’s largest anti-abortion group, Wisconsin Right to Life, which has publicly stated that "a personhood amendment strategy is not necessary, risky —and just plain wrong for Wisconsin."

CLICK HERE to view a copy of Assembly Joint Resolution 77.

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Thursday, December 8, 2011

In the Public Square w/Mary Glass - Philanthropy for HIRE



PHILANTHROPY - according to Dictionary.com
altruistic concern for human welfare and advancement, usually manifested by donations of money, property, or work to needy persons, by endowment of institutions of learning and hospitals, and by generosity to other socially useful purposes.
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December 8, 2011

MILWAUKEE - According to my observation and RESEARCH, it is evident that some DONOR organizations engage in activity that they call "goodwill partnerships"; but, they are DONOR-for-hire working relationship - quid pro quo arrangements.

In other words, they will give, if you do this. Rather than seeing a cause/NEED of the public square that match the Mission of the Donor organization; and, thereby guidelines for a successful partnerships are based on customer care, transparency, principle-centered leadership, improved quality of life and sustaining economic development for ALL.

Problematic Examples
In the City of Milwaukee there is a significant amount of donor-giving, inside and outside of the city/state. We have recently noted/seen public-private-religion based higher education sites, such as Marquette University, Medical College of Wisconsin and the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, receive $MILLIONS.

The donor gifts have buildings springing up on campuses - law library, dormitories, research centers, business centers, health-related centers, and seed-money for growing projects.

The prequisites discussed and agreed upon are intertwined with elected officials on various levels for bills, resolutions, matching funds, special bonds, "special funding", land use, multi-annual permits, etc.

The trophy requests include the giver's name on building (s), public relations, trips abroad with local power brokers, real estate acquisition, research park, donor pet projects and even specific business ventures that will galvanize revenue for the donor organization - such as water, energy and green projects.

This is seen by some as just-doing-business.

I feel it is a quid-pro quo, conflict of interest, discriminating and monopolizing tactic used by the well-connected and privilege to con the people with the appearance of Goodwill. It is how the well-connected work to beat-the-system, perpetuate greed and cream the assets of the City of Milwaukee.

What is an outcome?
The initial outcome is the newly constructed buildings that gives the appearance of greatness and success.

For the well-connected, privileged and employed, primarily Caucasian; they have access-literacy-fluency. For the masses in Milwaukee, African American-other People of Color and the Work Challenged, they are deprived of access-literacy-fluency and therefore see NO CHANGE for the overall empowerment of the half-million people that make up the population.

What can be done?
Milwaukee Professionals Association supports All Hands on Deck, WE, Not Me Initiative. That requires a NEW paradigm of "thinking and doing". It calls for the discovery and creation of "hidden talent and opportunities" at the neighborhood level. The creation of the PIPELINE staffed with the huge hidden pool of 21st Century citizenry is to be wedded to educational-technological-research self-sustainability.

Therefore, the citizenry of Milwaukee are NO LONGER compromised, overawe, intimidated, pitted against each other, uninformed; and, put at a disadvantage to grow at a competitive rate.

Each serious, non-quid pro quo DONOR organization need to Call for the following:
-- internal audit of gift-giving in Milwaukee
-- fulfill your responsibility as a donor to ensure an appropriate outcome - do not leave it to a board-staff and paper reports for accountability
-- train/inform decision makers at donor headquarters for paradigm shift
-- rate results based on the review from neighborhood-level citizenry
-- visit the site and meet with citizenry-of-focus population - before, during and after proposed funding
-- require members at the neighborhood level to be in "critical mass" in the strategic planning, implementation and outcome reports
-- if re-funded, must show where previous efforts now show "pipeline" creation.
-- host focus group review
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We are identifying and posting those DONOR groups/organizations/foundations that are contributing to the problem as well as to support those that see a benefit in empowering at the neigborhood level.