Really? She can’t differentiate between the two?
HT: Hot Air
Really? She can’t differentiate between the two?
HT: Hot Air
Will lead to qualified applicants not being interviewed that have gaps in employment history due to layoffs and/or downsizing.
Employers in Illinois can no longer access criminal background checks on potential hires until after an interview is conducted.
Gov. Quinn signed into law this week a bill that prohibits private employers from asking applicants about their criminal history prior to determining if they are qualified for the job.
“Everyone deserves a second chance when it comes to getting a job,” Governor Quinn said in a press release. “This law will help ensure that people across Illinois get a fair shot to reach their full potential through their skills and qualifications, rather than past history. It will also help reduce recidivism, fight poverty and prevent violence in our communities by putting more people back to work.”
The governor’s action is, according to his statement, an effort to “ensure all Illinois’ workers are treated fairly,” and follows last year’s executive order stipulating the same consideration for applicants for state employment.
The Job Opportunities for Qualified Applicants Act, also referred to as the “ban the box” bill in reference to the box on many application forms asking applicants if they are a convicted criminal, makes Illinois the fifth state to restrict pre-interview criminal background checks.
Jay Shattuck is the executive director of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce Employment Law Council, and says while the bill does create a bit of a burden for employers, it’s a reasonable attempt to give some applicants who would otherwise be ignored a chance.
“A lot of times an employer may consider an individual who was convicted of a crime many years ago but who are otherwise qualified and have a gone straight since,” Shattuck said. “This gives the applicants who do receive an interview a chance to explain what happened and make their case for being hired.”
Making it to the interview process may be the extra opportunity these former criminals need to get back on their feet, according to Shattuck, even if it means some extra work for employers.
“It does add a little bit of a burden to employers looking to fill a vacancy,” Shattuck said. “If they can’t automatically look at the box and throw out applications from ex-cons, they’ll have to do more work and take more time when choosing who to interview. They’ve lost the ability to weed out the applicant list by that one box.”
BELLEVUE, Wash. — People don’t tend to vote on foreign policy. But reflecting on the crises in Ukraine, Gaza, Syria and Iraq that followed him as he headed to the West Coast for a fundraising swing, President Barack Obama acknowledged that they’re adding to an anxiety that’s feeding cynicism that could hurt his party in the midterms. [...]
Some of that cynicism, Obama joked was because of the news, which he said he doesn’t tend to watch himself.
Confronted with scandals — from the NSA to Veterans Affairs on down — Obama often falls back on the defense of saying he was outraged when he learned about the problems from news reports. To the crowd in Seattle, though, he said about the news, “Whatever they’re reporting about, usually I know.”
How dare Ted sing about a great white buffalo.
A Native American tribe has canceled an Aug. 4 concert by Ted Nugent at its casino.
The Coeur d’Alene Tribe on Monday said that the cancellation of the concert at the casino in the northwest Idaho city of Worley was because of the rocker’s “racist and hate-filled remarks.”
The tribe says it booked Nugent without realizing he espoused “racist attitudes and views.” The tribe did not detail which of Nugent’s specific views it opposes.
Officials for Nugent’s music management company were out of the office on Monday and not available for comment.
Nugent in the past has referred to President Barack Obama as a “subhuman mongrel.” Nugent later apologized “for using the street fight terminology of subhuman mongrel.” But he maintained that Obama was a “liar” violating the Constitution.
Sadly, deranged moonbats like this nut actually believe this.
Via Truth Revolt:
Virginia Tech professor Steven Salaita, who according to his VT faculty page, “writes and teaches in the areas of American literature, ethnic studies, Indigenous Studies, and critical theory,” took to Twitter on Tuesday to liken Israel to the radical Islamist terror group ISIS.
That is some serious Obama worship.
Via Seattle PI:
President Obama landed in Seattle on Tuesday, the ninth trip of his presidency to the Puget Sound area, to raise money from big Democratic donors.
The president arrived at Boeing Field at about 3:30 p.m. to start a three-day jaunt along the West Coast, primarily for the purpose of raising money for Democrats, less than four months ahead of midterm elections that could change Washington’s balance of power. [...]
Gov. Jay Inslee introduced Obama with a long evocation of 1960s civil rights struggles, saying Obama is “bending the arc of the moral universe forward.” Inslee also placed Obama in context with such events as the 1969 moon landing, saying Obama is “going to make history just like John Kennedy” with limits on carbon pollution.
Obama will get back with Merkel after he reads the NSA transcripts of her last cabinet meeting. HT A Herd Of Turtles for the photo.
Via The Hill
White House chief of staff Denis McDonough and counterterrorism czar Lisa Monaco held intensive talks with their German counterparts Tuesday in Berlin, as the White House scrambled to smooth tensions with Germany.
Germany’s government was furious with the United States after the arrest of two German officials accused of spying for the U.S. That followed reports that the National Security Agency had monitored German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s phone.
In retaliation, Germany has demanded that the CIA station chief in Berlin leave the country.
“The full range of issues was addressed, including intelligence and security matters,” the White House said of the meeting, which included Peter Altmaier, Merkel’s chief of staff.
The two sides agreed to set up a “structured dialogue” to deal with concerns on both sides and to establish principles for future cooperation, the White House said.
White House press secretary Josh Earnest said the meeting was the result of a telephone conversation between President Obama and Merkel but declined to detail what was discussed by the German and American officials.
“I would describe the talks as productive and a useful trip,” Earnest said.
The meeting came four days after a conversation between Merkel and Obama, the second conversation between the leaders since allegations of U.S. spying surfaced.
Earlier this month, German police arrested an intelligence officer who admitted to selling secrets to the U.S. A subsequent investigation revealed the CIA had also recruited a defense ministry employee to spy, according to German officials.
Merkel has publicly expressed outrage over the flap but said she did not believe Washington would stop spying on her country.
“I think it’s not that easy to convince the Americans … to completely change the way their intelligence services work,” Merkel said in an interview with German TV station ZDF, translated by The Associated Press.
Earlier this month, Bloomberg reported that the Obama administration had offered Germany a deal similar to the one the United States has with Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom that would have limited U.S. intelligence activities within the country. The offer was apparently a last-ditch bid to prevent the expulsion of the CIA station chief.
But Germany reportedly turned down the deal because it would have required a greater investment in its intelligence services.
The White House has largely refrained from commenting publicly on efforts to smooth the waters, although Earnest appeared to indicate the U.S. believed the alleged spying between the allies was par for the course in comments to reporters earlier this month.
“Allies with sophisticated intelligence agencies like the United States and Germany understand, with some degree of detail, exactly what those intelligence relationships and activities entail,” Earnest said. “Any differences that we have are most effectively resolved through established private channels, not through the media. These private channels include regular discussions between intelligence officials, diplomatic officials, and national security officials from those two countries. So pursuing that dialogue through those channels is exactly what we’re doing.”
The incident has threatened to further strain the relationship with Merkel, who expressed outrage after documents provided by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden revealed her personal cellphone had been targeted for monitoring.
The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the terrorist organization that controls large swaths of Syrian and Iraqi territory has released a YouTube video full of anti-Semitic vitriol. The group is exploiting Israel’s counterterrorism operations in Gaza to promote its anti-Israel agenda and justify attacks against the Jewish state. According to an IPT translation, the video includes this violent warning to Israel and its supporters:
“We are the descendants of [slain Iraqi terrorist leader] Abu Musab Al Zarqawi. We are sending a message to the brothers of apes and pigs, the Jews, and to everyone who assists them – the Arab tyrants who claim to be Muslims:
We swear in God that we did not emigrate and leave our wealth or our children, but to grant victory to this religion, and to defend the honor of our Muslim sisters. By God, we are coming to you with blood, bombs, fuses and explosives. By God, you are not going to enjoy your life as long as our brothers in Palestine are being slaughtered.”
Press didn’t miss anything. Obama showed highlights of Michael Jackson moon walking. Below is video is from Neil Armstrong speaking before Congress in 2010.
Via Daily Caller
The White House Correspondents’ Association is filing a formal complaint against the White House for excluding press from a celebration of the the 45th anniversary of the moon landing held at the White House Tuesday.
CBS chief White House correspondent Major Garrett coldly informed White House press secretary Josh Earnest of the complaint during Tuesday’s press conference.
“On behalf of the Correspondents’ Association I just want to lodge a formal complaint about the Apollo 11 event today,” Garrett said. “The astronauts were among the most visible, televised heralds this country has ever known.”
“That entire program is financed by the American taxpayer,” he continued. “We believe that that is a classic definition of something that should have the broadest press coverage imaginable. And we are therefore lodging a formal complaint against your decision to keep us out.”
A visibly flustered Earnest had nothing to say except, “These are legitimate American heroes.”
ABC chief White House correspondent Jonathan Karl also brought up the anniversary, aggressively attacking Earnest and his excuse that President Obama’s schedule was too busy to accommodate press coverage of the event. ”Why the intense secrecy around this event?” he asked.
Earnest explained it away as “merely a scheduling matter,” but Karl wasn’t satisfied.
“The president’s schedule, couldn’t he have been maybe five minutes later for the fundraiser out in Seattle? You really couldn’t accommodate a few minutes for open coverage of this? … I find that explanation frankly a little hard to believe.”
Karl speculated that it wasn’t a scheduling conflict, but a deliberate attempt by the Obama administration to avoid coverage of the Apollo 11 astronauts, particularly Neil Armstrong, who were heavily critical of Obama’s handling of the space program and cancellation of the Constellation program in 2010.
Fox senior White House correspondent Ed Henry also voiced his agreement.
Neil Armstrong spoke before Congress in 2010, harshly comparing Obama to a 16th century monarch and condemning his administration for its handling of NASA and America’s space programs.
One of President Obama’s top aides urged Israel to “take greater care” than it already does to spare Palestinian lives in its targeted strikes. [...]
“At the same time though, we do believe Israel can do more to avoid the types of civilian causalities that we’ve seen in recent days,” Rhodes said. “We’ve been heartbroken at the loss of Palestinian life, the loss of children, so we do believe that Israel has to take greater care to avoid those types of civilian causalities.”
Just a tad morbid.
Via Life News:
In a new expose’ video released today, a former Planned Parenthood abortion clinic director says Planned Parenthood put a price on the value of a human life: $313.29.
That’s the amount of money Abby Johnson says the Planned Parenthood abortion clinic she ran in south Texas would make every time it would kill a baby in an abortion. Johnson, who is now pro-life, released a video this morning exposing the abortion quotas that take place at Planned Parenthood.
In the video, Johnson says her supervisor informed her that her clinic needed to double the number of abortions it was doing and that it should be killing 1,135 babies per year to make the financial goals set up for her clinic by Planned Parenthood’s head honchos.
“This was bothersome to me as I truly believed that our goal was to reduce the number of abortions…after all, that’s what we always said to the media,” Johnson said. “When I voiced my concerns to my supervisor, she laughed and said, ‘But Abby, abortion is how we make our money.’”
Apparently mannequins get jihadi cavemen all hot and bothered.
Via NBC News:
ISIS has ordered shopkeepers in the Iraqi city of Mosul to cover the faces of mannequins, The Associated Press reported Tuesday.
The Sunni extremist group recently declared a caliphate – or Islamic State – covering parts of Syria and Iraq. Shop owners in Mosul said they had been told to cover the faces of male and female mannequins, apparently in line with strict interpretations of Shariah law that forbid statues or artwork depicting the human form.
Via New Stateman:
Almost exactly a year ago, Liberal Democrat MP David Ward had the whip suspended for the summer recess after refusing to apologise for tweeting “Am I wrong or are am I right? At long last the Zionists are losing the battle – how long can the apartheid State of Israel last?”
With oddly similar timing (parliament broke up for recess today), the Bradford East MP has again shamed himself on Twitter. “The big question is – if I lived in #Gaza would I fire a rocket? – probably yes”, he wrote, before adding: “Ich bin ein #palestinian – the West must make up its mind – which side is it on?”
The remarks are an insult to Israeli civilians and, perhaps most of all, to those Palestinians who don’t fire rockets.
The Taliban 5 are part of the peace delegation from Qatar.
Via Allen B. West
John Kerry is supposedly heading to Egypt to “broker” a cease-fire in the current conflagration between Israel and the terrorist organization Hamas in Gaza. I find it interesting that the United States wants to assist negotiations with a non-state, non-uniform belligerent terrorist organization. Furthermore, Egypt, who is engaged in a similar military offensive against the Muslim Brotherhood and jihadists in the Sinai, is actually choking off Hamas — the Palestinian wing of the Muslim Brotherhood. So maybe Egypt isn’t the best place to stage those negotiations after all.
As the UK Guardian reports, “International efforts to secure a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip are focusing on the Gulf state of Qatar, whose close links to Hamas make it uniquely placed to try to mediate in a conflict that has highlighted Arab divisions in the face of Israeli attacks. Ban Ki-moon, the UN secretary general, was flying to Doha at the start of a round of emergency talks to try to halt the escalating carnage. Ban was due to meet the Emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, and Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president and head of the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority. It was unclear whether Ban would also see the Hamas leader, Khaled Mishal, who lives in Doha. Mishal and Abbas were due to meet separately.”
So let me wrap my mind around this: Khaled Mishal, the leader of an Islamic terrorist organization, Hamas, is hanging out in Doha, Qatar. Qatar has close links to Hamas. Mahmoud Abbas, aka Abu Mazen, the head of the Palestinian Authority — Fatah, the original Palestinian terrorist organization — is headed to Doha, Qatar to meet with Hamas, with whom they have signed a reconciliation agreement. And the head of the United Nations is going to sit and talk with this gathering of terrorists to discuss what? And why would the head of the United Nations sit with Islamic terrorist organizations and lend them a sense of international recognition and credibility?
But I guess there’s an even deeper question. Isn’t this the same Qatar that took receipt of five senior Taliban leaders released as a result of a unilateral decision taken by President Barack Hussein Obama. Oops, I forgot. The Taliban have a “consulate” office in Qatar.
And by this way they mean as human shields.
I think we’re reaching the pinnacle of liberal PC insanity.
There are many terrible children’s programs through which parents must suffer during their child’s young life. For every Sesame Street, there is an annoying Caillou or an acid-trippy Yo Gabba Gabba. But Thomas and Friends is – or was – the one show with enough subversive messages to make me turn it off for good. [...]
But there was one particular episode that caused me to put the brakes on Thomas for good. It revolved around James, a red engine who is described in the opening credits as “vain but lots of fun.” (Wait, it’s OK to be vain if you can show others a good time occasionally? Great – that’s going in my Parenting 101 book.) In the episode “Tickled Pink”, poor vain James, is ordered by Topham Hat to get a new coat of paint. But while James has only had an undercoat of pink slathered on, Topham Hatt interrupts and demands that James go pick up Hatt’s granddaughter and deliver her and her friends to a birthday party right now.
James is mortified that he has to travel while pink and proceeds to hide from all the other trains along the way. When he’s caught, the other trains – including Thomas – viciously laugh and mock him.
“What are you doing James? You’re a big pink steamie,” says Diesel, the bad-boy engine. (For the record, all the “villains” on Thomas and Friends are the dirty diesel engines. I’d like to think there was a good environmental message in there, but when the good engines pump out white smoke and the bad engines pump out black smoke – and they are all pumping out smoke – it’s not hard to make the leap into the race territory.)
But once James gets back on the rails and picks up Granddaughter Hatt and her friends, all seemingly ends well because the girls love pink.
Well guess what? It’s not OK. You think a little boy watching Thomas is going to file away the lesson that pink is OK for boys? No, what kids remember is that James was laughed at, cruelly, over and over again, because he looked different and was clad in a “girly” pink color.
The needle on the BS detector just snapped off… again.
Via PJ Media:
The State Department denied today that yesterday’s travel warning coupled with today’s FAA decision to keep planes away from Israel is an administration strategy to put economic pressure on the Jewish state.
The Federal Aviation Administration issued a notice at lunchtime today “informing U.S. airlines that they are prohibited from flying to or from Israel’s Ben Gurion International Airport for a period of up to 24 hours.
“The notice was issued in response to a rocket strike which landed approximately one mile from Ben Gurion International Airport on the morning of July 22, 2014,” the FAA said in a statement. “The [Notice to Airmen] NOTAM applies only to U.S. operators, and has no authority over foreign airlines operating to or from the airport.”
“The FAA immediately notified U.S. carriers when the agency learned of the rocket strike and informed them that the agency was finalizing a NOTAM. The FAA will continue to monitor and evaluate the situation. Updated instructions will be provided to U.S. airlines as soon as conditions permit, but no later than 24 hours from the time the NOTAM went into force.”
The notice was issued soon after Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in the region to attempt to broker a ceasefire agreement. He announced a $47 million humanitarian aid package to the Palestinians soon after touching down in Cairo on Monday.
State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf told reporters she “would wholly disagree with that argument” that the moves are intended to put pressure on Netanyahu.
Must be nice.
Via Washington Examiner:
When President Obama wraps up his 16-day summer break next month on Martha’s Vineyard, Mass., he will have taken all or part of 141 days of vacation, time split between summers on the island, winters in his native Hawaii and birthday weekends at his Chicago home.
Obama has been criticized for taking costly and lengthy vacations, especially compared to the short trips most Americans take. The U.S. Travel Association told Secrets that the average American vacation lasts just 3.7 days.