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Employees to wear black in silent protest of Chairman Martin’s micromanaging

FCC Chairman Kevin Martin is facing an attack on all sides: in addition to the already ongoing congressional audit, it appears that FCC employees will launch a silent protest to express their disgust at the “super-politicized work life” that inhabits the bureau.

FCC employees participating in the protest will dress in black today, which coincides with the third anniversary of Martin’s induction as the FCC Chair.

“Nothing happens in the Commission without the approval of the Chairman's office,” said an anonymous source to Ars Technica. “It is incredible. We have become so political.”

When pressed about the nature of the Chair’s decisions, the anonymous source claimed that Martin’s direction seems so random that he “got up this morning and ate his breakfast and just decided to do it.” FCC staff doesn’t have an issue with Martin’s perspective on the issues, says the source, but rather the fact that decisions and edicts are handed out without regard to rules and procedures – even Congressional mandate – “on a day-to-day level.”

“In the past I may or may not have agreed with the outcome, but at least the proper procedures were followed. Now they tell us 'what are the media reform groups going to do: file a class action lawsuit? Just do it,’” said the source. “Ethically, I have to sleep at night. It's not the decision; it's how the decision is reached. The situation has become arbitrary and capricious.”

Ars Technica’s source was unable to provide specific examples when pressed, for fear of a targeted reprisal from top FCC brass. However, with the FCC facing congressional heat over allegations of meddling with sensitive internal audits – audits a whistleblower later called “skewed,” – and Martin’s history of reaching controversial conclusions, it is possible that the source’s story is true.

“I love my job,” said the source. “But this situation has become unbearable. We will not play this game. I have to sleep at night.”



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FCC Plagued by Politics: "This Place is Hell"
By Fnoob on 3/18/2008 9:57:57 AM , Rating: 1
What does the "F" stand for?

Should be blatantly obvious that it would be a hellish place plagued with politics. Name ONE federal program that is run better than the private sector?




By Inkjammer on 3/18/2008 10:08:09 AM , Rating: 2
According to the FCC's history, the "F" in FCC stands for "Farce".


RE: FCC Plagued by Politics: "This Place is Hell"
By Highbuzz on 3/18/2008 10:08:31 AM , Rating: 2
FEMA! Oh wait, crap, never mind.


RE: FCC Plagued by Politics: "This Place is Hell"
By Fnoob on 3/18/08, Rating: -1
RE: FCC Plagued by Politics: "This Place is Hell"
By BMFPitt on 3/18/2008 10:50:12 PM , Rating: 2
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I simply ask the questions that interest me; that I would like to hear honest opinions regarding.
And I genuinely find it funny that you are talking about that in reference to the FCC. How do you privatize a regulatory body?
quote:
The near instantaneous downrating of conservative viewpoints is indisputable.
Almost as funny as your persecution complex. You must think MAsher and FITCamaro have giant Che Guevara posters on their walls.
quote:
The defensive, acerbic 'rebutals' which Methusela finds 'demeaning' are not coming from me, or my direction. 'Shoot the messenger'?
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Obviously you are a liberal who welcomes the growth of government. I have a feeling you will get your wish this fall. Be patient; more Federal spending programs are coming to save you.

Always amazes me that a tech site would be leftist. Study after study has shown that Democrat voters are less educated than those on the right. Given that this site often hosts spirited, intelligent debate, I find this shocking.


RE: FCC Plagued by Politics: "This Place is Hell"
By Fnoob on 3/18/08, Rating: 0
RE: FCC Plagued by Politics: "This Place is Hell"
By BMFPitt on 3/18/2008 11:35:26 PM , Rating: 2
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Quite simply, you don't have one in the first place.
OK, then I call dibs on the 700MHz spectrum.


By Fnoob on 3/18/2008 11:21:23 PM , Rating: 2
As to what MAsher and FITCamaro have on their walls... I haven't a clue, but I would presume DNA chain lattice trim and a red/black '67 Camaro with a half-naked chick for a hood ornament respectively.


RE: FCC Plagued by Politics: "This Place is Hell"
By BMFPitt on 3/18/08, Rating: 0
RE: FCC Plagued by Politics: "This Place is Hell"
By Fnoob on 3/18/08, Rating: -1
By odessit740 on 3/18/2008 11:10:36 AM , Rating: 5
I know plenty of smart, intelligent people, who have views that are considered moderate to left. What about country hicks and red-necks who are "oh so educated" and are on the right? Oh ok, I call BS on your quotes.

Look at your right-wing president now, he's such a saver... wait, no he's not, he's way outspent democrats. He's eliminated the surplus that Clinton's administration had accumulated, and the deficit is so large that no one is sure how long its going to take to pay it off.

Education doesn't make you smart or intelligent, it gives you knowledge. But if one is an idiot, it won't help. Get it right.


By Machinegear on 3/18/2008 12:10:42 PM , Rating: 2
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I know plenty of smart, intelligent people, who have views that are considered moderate to left. What about country hicks and red-necks who are "oh so educated" and are on the right? Oh ok, I call BS on your quotes.


Pretty much agree.

Generalizations of "left" and "right" don't describe anyone anymore. Neither side has political planks they follow and most of the party faithful are at the very least dissatisfied with their leaders. Many have simply given up on current politics and gone independent, voting their conscious or voting with a "lesser of two evils" philosophy.


RE: FCC Plagued by Politics: "This Place is Hell"
By barjebus on 3/18/2008 12:33:20 PM , Rating: 2
Very true. I think a fair number of people support something more than a two party system? People outside the U.S. like to claim that to outsiders, Republicans and Democrats are virtually identical. I just don't know how such a change would ever come about.


RE: FCC Plagued by Politics: "This Place is Hell"
By BMFPitt on 3/18/2008 1:01:57 PM , Rating: 2
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Very true. I think a fair number of people support something more than a two party system?
A ton of people support it, but almost none would ever do anything to make it happen. Most people, when given a choice between a Republican and Democrat they don't like, or a 3rd party dream candidate, most would vote for one of the two parties.


RE: FCC Plagued by Politics: "This Place is Hell"
By theeq on 3/18/2008 6:00:03 PM , Rating: 2
A big fear of introducing a strong third party is that no candidate would receive enough electoral votes to win the office outright and then the decision goes to congress. This is taking power away from the people, something that is pretty much the biggest taboo in the US's history.


By BMFPitt on 3/18/2008 9:11:16 PM , Rating: 2
Well personally I'd prefer we had a more Parlimentary system. Something about just getting rid of a government rather than this prolonged lame duck state.

It certainly has its flaws, but a lame 1v1 matchup like Bush vs. Kerry would have never come out of that type of system.


By BMFPitt on 3/18/2008 12:55:02 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Generalizations of "left" and "right" don't describe anyone anymore.
They rarely did, even 4 years ago. People just liked to use them.
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Many have simply given up on current politics and gone independent, voting their conscious or voting with a "lesser of two evils" philosophy.
"Lesser evil" voting what people have been doing for decades. That's what got us here.


By Master Kenobi (blog) on 3/18/2008 12:23:24 PM , Rating: 3
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He's eliminated the surplus that Clinton's administration had accumulated

To be perfectly fair, they never really had a surplus, they just did a little creative accounting, and at best broke about even. I know the media likes to swear up and down they had a huge surplus, but the reality is that they didn't. It was a break-even at best, and taxes were quite a bit higher. We could easily balance out the budget but it would require a tax hike of between 2 and 5%, and if you want to get voted out of office in short order, you go ahead and institute such a hike.


RE: FCC Plagued by Politics: "This Place is Hell"
By Kaleid on 3/18/08, Rating: 0
By BMFPitt on 3/18/2008 2:51:21 PM , Rating: 2
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Why put all the deficits on creditcard which future generations have to pay with interest and all?
To cover the $300 checks to shut us up. Or $600 now, what with the falling dollar and all.

I think the Greatest Generation should lose their title for having spawned the Baby Boomers.


By theeq on 3/18/2008 6:02:09 PM , Rating: 2
I'd like to see the removal of Bush's tax cuts as they apply to the top, say, 10 per cent. That's a huge amount of money that is already trimmed down by trained accountants and a group of people that don't need the extra cash. I think this may offset the loss from the middle and lower income groups just enough to make a difference.


RE: FCC Plagued by Politics: "This Place is Hell"
By Azzr34l on 3/18/2008 3:31:54 PM , Rating: 2
Bush has done a number on our country and hasn't helped redirect our tanking economy, I'll agree with you on that. But let's not get carried away.

You should review US Economics from '92-'00. Clinton did very, very little to pro-actively boost our economy, he simply rode the booming economy wave that would have happened with any 'ol monkey sitting in the oval office. Clinton's presidency was more or less a guy showing up for work and not screwing anything up too badly (Well, except for that wonderful piece of legislation we all love so much - the DMCA). Kind of sad that's the kind of leaders we remember as being good Presidents.


By BMFPitt on 3/18/2008 3:37:20 PM , Rating: 2
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Clinton's presidency was more or less a guy showing up for work and not screwing anything up too badly
That's about the best we can hope for with any of the current candidates. (Well, 2 of them. That hope might be a bit of a longshot for the new Clinton.)

In any case, we can only wish that all W had done was to show up for work and not touch anything.


RE: FCC Plagued by Politics: "This Place is Hell"
By teldar on 3/18/2008 4:31:22 PM , Rating: 3
I'd watch what you say Azzr34l

There probably aren't 1 in 20 people in this country who realize that Clinton didn't do a whole lot for us economically. Most people don't realize that the economy follows government spending (typically defense and construction works spending, not gimmes to freeloading-never-had-a-job welfare economy we have created).

Nearly no one realizes that Clinton benefitted from...guess who. RONALD REAGAN. That's right. The tech boom from clinton came beacuse of the cold war, not anything Clinton did. I just said to a couple of my classmates that Clinton didn't do a whole lot for the U.S. and I was branded as a bitter republican.
It's easy. Tehcnology follows government spending by about 20 years (the nature of the beast with IP) and 5-10 years for in-country manufacture and construction. (the obvious exemption would be WWII and how it brought the U.S. out of a depression.)

Now, having said all that, I think the only candidate who would have gotten the U.S. on sound financial footing would have been Ron Paul, and I now veiw Obama as the least evil. He's the only one who wants to get us out of Iraq, however not for the right reasons. We NEED to get out because WE CANNOT AFFORD THIS ANYMORE. PERIOD. No one but Ron Paul realized that out of the presidential hopefuls.

If I offended anyone, good, because you're probably a believe in a welfare state rather than a productive state where people have value and integrity.

T


By Reclaimer77 on 4/16/2008 6:25:29 PM , Rating: 2
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He's the only one who wants to get us out of Iraq, however not for the right reasons. We NEED to get out because WE CANNOT AFFORD THIS ANYMORE. PERIOD. No one but Ron Paul realized that out of the presidential hopefuls.


The Iraq war is costing a lesser percentage of our GDP than any other major war in recent history. Can't afford it indeed.


RE: FCC Plagued by Politics: "This Place is Hell"
By Hawkido on 3/18/2008 4:35:50 PM , Rating: 2
For population 25 years and over in Batesville, Arkansas

High school or higher: 77.6%
Bachelor's degree or higher: 21.8%
Graduate or professional degree: 9.6%
Unemployed: 5.8%

Hi, this is my town.

I challenge you to post you town's demographics.

http://www.city-data.com

Go look up your town... I dare you.

Country hicks my A$$!


By mmatis on 3/18/2008 10:14:31 PM , Rating: 2
For population 25 years and over in Merritt Island

* High school or higher: 88.4%
* Bachelor's degree or higher: 28.2%
* Graduate or professional degree: 10.0%
* Unemployed: 5.0%

Rocket Mannnnnnnnnn!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


By mmatis on 3/18/2008 10:18:03 PM , Rating: 2
Or try:

For population 25 years and over in Cocoa Beach

* High school or higher: 93.4%
* Bachelor's degree or higher: 34.1%
* Graduate or professional degree: 11.7%
* Unemployed: 5.6%

But I thought the stoners would drag it down...


By jeff834 on 3/18/2008 11:43:18 PM , Rating: 2
For population 25 years and over in Lincroft, NJ

High school or higher: 92.0%
Bachelor's degree or higher: 48.9%
Graduate or professional degree: 21.0%
Unemployed: 2.7%

BAM! Course our median income is $110,000 and median house value is $621,000, but hey we are pretty darn educated :)


RE: FCC Plagued by Politics: "This Place is Hell"
By eye smite on 3/18/2008 5:54:16 PM , Rating: 4
Hehe yeah, a surplus Clinton built up by eliminating 48% of our military. I feel safe, don't you all feel safe?


By Smiting Eye on 4/10/2008 8:38:39 PM , Rating: 2
I know I do.


By theeq on 3/18/2008 5:57:49 PM , Rating: 2
I just saw an interview on the Daily Show (yes, we know, it's got a bit of a liberal shadow to it, get over it) with the author of a recent book on modern conservative views. His view was that the current administration is not made of "real" republicans because of what you just pointed out. The huge amounts of spending and shoring up of government secrets and power goes completely against the accepted republican platform.


By Ringold on 3/18/2008 6:39:32 PM , Rating: 2
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He's eliminated the surplus that Clinton's administration had accumulated


History is easy to forget, isn't it?

It was in 1994 when Newt and a Republican House said this far and no further that the deficit started shrinking. Then Bill, who is I admit more moderate than his communist wife, famously said "The era of big government is over." There is absolutely no indication that if the Republican's had failed to take the House that the outcome would've been the same.


By wjobs55 on 3/18/2008 10:04:14 PM , Rating: 2
hit the nail right on on that one.


RE: FCC Plagued by Politics: "This Place is Hell"
By blowfish on 3/18/2008 11:13:35 AM , Rating: 2
whereas you no doubt are a conservative, favouring small government and believing in market forces - yet you probably supported the idiot going to war in Iraq, and now the Fed baling out all those dumb-arsed greedy banks who've suffered from the collapse of the formerly so profitable sub-prime mortgage market.


RE: FCC Plagued by Politics: "This Place is Hell"
By teldar on 3/18/2008 5:26:20 PM , Rating: 2
Personally, I think the banks should have all their assets seized and the government should spread the money around to the people who got the bad advice from the banks in the first place.

T


By Ringold on 3/18/2008 6:49:59 PM , Rating: 2
Assuming you're seriously.. Congratulations on finding one of the quickest possible ways of destroying the economy. Want the Great Depression to look like Disney Land? Go ahead with that idea.


By Methusela on 3/18/2008 11:14:48 AM , Rating: 2
WHAT IS YOUR MAJOR MALFUNCTION, FNUMBNUTS?

Seriously, why do you feel the need to make everything into a divisive and demeaning political rant?


RE: FCC Plagued by Politics: "This Place is Hell"
By barjebus on 3/18/2008 11:57:51 AM , Rating: 2
Thank you sir for making my morning that much more amusing.

The war in Iraq has already cost the U.S. 500 billion dollars...are there _no_ other ways you could think of better spending this?

The U.S. government just handed 200 billion dollars to mortgage lenders who were predatory and unregulated. For years there were calls to end or subdue the sub prime mortgage lenders, and even legislation at the state level was attempted, but thwarted by Bush. "Let the market take it's course" you say....blah blah blah. So now your economy is in the crapper, you're stuck in a war costing you hundreds of millions of dollars a day, and your government is forced to bail out it's own financial system just because of Bush's arrogance when it came to the banks.

Wow, what an efficient system. I'm sure EVERY corporation in America is going to be clamoring for our dear Bush to come lead their country, especially with that C average.

Honestly though, where do you get off calling Liberals idiots and poor spenders? Sure they blow a ton on social programs, etc. but the hypocrisy in your statements is mindblowing.


By barjebus on 3/18/2008 11:58:38 AM , Rating: 2
Company*, not country.


RE: FCC Plagued by Politics: "This Place is Hell"
By dever on 3/18/2008 1:15:29 PM , Rating: 2
It's true that all sides seem to want to flush taxpayers money down every toilet in Washington...

but calling the mortgage industry "unregulated?" Who in their right mind thinks that US mortgage industry is "unregulated?"

If there weren't so much regulation to begin with, the market corrections would be more frequent and less severe. It's the high amount of regulation (and continual bailouts) that increases severity.


By barjebus on 3/18/2008 1:34:17 PM , Rating: 2
Hm, what I was meaning was the predatory lending practices, lending to people who aught not to be borrowing money (i.e. approving someone with 30k/year income a 300,000$ mortgage), as well as predatory contracts wherein the interest rate is extremely attractive to start, but gets jacked up a few years down the road. Obviously if you choose a variable rate, there is the risk of that, but some of these subprime mortgages had those rate increases built in, and were not fully disclosed to the buyers.

Now, it's easy to say people are idiots for getting a mortgage they can't pay, and I generally agree with you. However, the idea of credit, and good financial education is sorely lacking these days for some people. It's gotten to the point where not that many people are actually worth something, rather most are in debt, and will remain that way for most of their lives.


By Ringold on 3/18/2008 7:11:24 PM , Rating: 3
quote:
The U.S. government just handed 200 billion dollars to mortgage lenders who were predatory and unregulated.


Congratulations, you make conservatives like me even more certain of their conviction that liberals are flaming idiots, or at least become such as soon as they start talking about business.

Factual error number 1: It was not "handed over", and it was not the "US government." It was a 28 day repurchase agreement where the Federal Reserve, which operationally is an independent non-government entity**, where the Reserve bought at a discount (equivalent to charging interest) certain assets in trade for Treasury Bills. In 28 days, the firms that partake in this facility, to my understanding, must return to the T-bills. It's a short term shot of liquidity.

**: Central banks are supposed to be independent of political influence in order to be legitimate, and no one has questioned Bernanke's independence.

Number 2: It is not available to many of the most wreckless mortgage lenders, it is only available to banks. Furthermore, it is not a bailout, as it would do almost nothing to help a firm avoid bankruptcy it only protects from becoming illiquid, a rather different situation. I will not hold your hand and explain it further.

quote:
For years there were calls to end or subdue the sub prime mortgage lenders, and even legislation at the state level was attempted, but thwarted by Bush.


Number 3: Liberal groups like ACORN pushed for sub-prime lending, and done within reason lending to sub-prime borrowers isn't a bad thing at all. Understanding sub-prime borrowers have sub-prime credit scores for a reason, and thus not giving them so much rope that they can hang themselves would be a valid criticism, but of course you're so radical you skip right past that.

quote:
Honestly though, where do you get off calling Liberals idiots


Well, you did manage to completely misunderstand events happening the economy, so what would you rather be called? Ignorant, perhaps? Just as nasty of a connotation to it, but hey, your call. :P


RE: FCC Plagued by Politics: "This Place is Hell"
By noirsoft on 3/18/2008 3:12:14 PM , Rating: 2
What the studies have actually shown is that (in the USA only, of course) among those with no college education, Democrat party registration leads over Republican party affiliation. Among those with some college to a finished undergrad degree, Repblican party registration leads. Among those with post-grad education, Democrat party registration again comes out on top.

The following source only covers up to 2003 and tends to show a significant shift towards Republican affiliation post 9/11 -- I have not seen a source for more recent data.

http://people-press.org/reports/display.php3?PageI...

So, your argument above is completely hollow. One can equally argue that the most educated Americans tend to be liberal.


By BMFPitt on 3/18/2008 3:19:48 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
The following source only covers up to 2003 and tends to show a significant shift towards Republican affiliation post 9/11 -- I have not seen a source for more recent data.
My personal experience is that a lot of people who used to be Republicans now pretend to be "libertarians." The war was still 100% right, and the only thing Bush has ever done wrong is try to give amnesty to illegal immigrants, but of course they're not Republicans!


By theeq on 3/18/2008 5:53:41 PM , Rating: 2
I would very much like to see the citation for those studies of yours. Most specifically, what group conducted and published them.
I may apparently be less educated (what with my heavy exposure to advanced mathematics, chemistry, physics, computer science and discrete mathematics, English, French, and the arts) but I still know enough to check sources.


By winterspan on 3/18/2008 11:17:58 PM , Rating: 1
Regarding education and political persuasion, You are completely full of sh*t and I have the data to prove it.
"study after study" actually shows that t he higher your educational attainment, THE MORE LIKELY YOU ARE TO BE A DEMOCRAT. Your attempt to say otherwise illustrates that you never even looked it up, and in fact just pulled that statistic right out of your ass. For real data, see the end of my post for a few links I could quickly come up with. I have more sources and have compiled my own data before.

Also, a simple survey a few months ago revealed that fox news viewers scored the lowest in a basic quiz of current events and geography. Now I would bet more than a few of those viewers would identify as republican.

Then again, you've already shown your complete inability for critical thinking by making the gigantic leap between one member's comment and assuming the whole community of dailytech is "liberal". Although, I would assume many would be, since the majority of scientists and academics have always been left-leaning.

Not to mention that you are already accusing the next president of expanding the government, when your divinely-appointed moron Bush has presided over the largest expansion of federal government in the last four decades.
Forgot to look that one up too, didn't you?

Now I never said the radical left was a great group either, thankfully there doesn't seem to be many communists trying for a revolution. As in all things, moderation is key, and I fall somewhere in the moderate democrat part of the spectrum. I think we need less ideology and more pragmatism. We need to take care of our people and especially the homeless and mentally ill, but that does not mean unlimited free welfare. We need smart reform which maximizes services to all citizens while minimizing waste, fraud, and abuse.

We need a much less reckless and arrogant foreign policy that respects our allies and forms new partnerships. War, unfortunately, is necessary in certain circumstances, but should be avoided as much as possible. We need to upheld the ideal of human rights and democracy throughout the world, and NEVER make exceptions for countries that just happen to have resources we need. We need to be compassionate towards
the sick, starving, needy, and homeless in all parts of the world, and use our state department and military resources as forces of good in assisting the world. That would probably do more to fight terrorism than anything bombs and bullets can do.

Bottom line, I am a moderate/centrist democrat and I believe its the best way to be.

I absolutely CANNOT STAND the conservative part of this country. Between the ignorant rednecks, the fanatical religious right, and the corporate community of greed, they have continually held this great country back from it's true potential. They hold dear the wonderful values of ignorance, intolerance, divisiveness, ridicule of scholarship and intellectual pursuits, self-righteous religious fundamentalism and zealotry, and mistrust and even disdain for science.

These are the people who support the right-wing think-tanks and organizations whose sole purpose is to mislead and deceive the public as to the danger of climate change.
These are the people who continue to vote in corrupt politicians that are in bed with corporate America and actively work against the common good.

These are the people who think protesting your own government and it's war is "unpatriotic", and that everyone should just step in line behind your president, no matter if he is breaking the law and wiping his ass with the constitution. Anything else is treasonable.

These are the people who vote in politicians that continue to support massive subsidies for oil and gas companies; continue to support the subsidizing of big agricultural companies making ethanol fuel from corn, which dramatically raises prices, and therefore affects the ability of poor people and aide agencies to afford one of the primary food staples in the world.

These are the people who believe creationism and other such religious nonsense should be taught in science classes.
These are the people who vote for candidates that believe the earth is 5,000 years old, and man walked with dinosaurs.
These are the people who believe the USA should be a Christian theocracy and who's laws should be taken from the bible. These are the people who are so incredibly arrogant to think they should be able to tell people what they can do in their own bedroom and with whom, because it happens to fit with their interpretation of a religion.

These are the people who replace common sense and pragmatism with ideology. They support Bush in stopping shipments of condoms and birth control to africa to prevent AIDS, and instead spending hundreds of millions on "abstinence-only education" which has been proven to raise AIDs infection rates. Likewise, they support the oxymoron "abstinence-only sex education" in public schools which has been proven time and again to increase unplanned pregnancies and STD transmission.

These are the people who claim to be followers of Jesus, yet
use their religion to divide people, denounce other faiths and religions, perpetuate bigotry against homosexuals and other races. These are the people who fervently claim to be "pro-life", yet rail against social services that help the poor and homeless, and rail against environmentalists that are trying to protect all of god's creatures. Doesn't seem very "pro-life" to me.

These are the people who think the United States should just arrogantly stomp around the world and impose it's will, with no regards for our allies or the world around us. These are the people who wish to invade Iraq to "free the people", no matter how many it will kill in the process, yet scour away from intervening in a genocide because it doesn't happen to impact their life. These are the people who would rather
overlook the atrocious human rights abuses in China and Saudi Arabia, than have to pay higher prices at Walmart or the gas station.

I honestly hope you see why i despise these people.

Heres some data.. I will provide more later.

Educational attainment and election results by state:
http://uspolitics.about.com/library/bl_education_v...
which gets data from here:
http://www.census.gov/acs/www/Products/Ranking/200...

Highschool graduation by state - higher grad rates in the blue states
See Page 8
http://www.census.gov/prod/2004pubs/p20-550.pdf

ACT scores vs state - higher proportion of blue states at the top of the scores
http://www.act.org/news/data.html


By Ringold on 3/19/2008 3:01:32 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
blah blah blah


Note that it's the Blue states currently in self-induced recessions, and have been there long before the rest of the nation started slowing.

Forbes ranking of the best states for business-
1. Virginia (Red)
2. Texas (Red)
3. North Carolina (Red)
4. Utah (Red)
5. Colorado (Red)
6. Idaho (Red)
7. Nebraska (Red)
8. Delaware (Blue)
9. Florida (Red)
10. Georgia (Red)

The majority of the bluest of the blue states cluster nicely in the bottom 20, with CA and NY pulling in at 36 and 35. Here in Central Florida, unemployment is between 1 and 3% depending on the exact town, and high-paying jobs are being added as quick as complexes can be built, such as around Lake Nona.

So, go ahead and despise Republican's. Europe shows you where it'll get you. High-growth Red states will ultimately catch up and surpass blue ones, and blue ones will lag behind. But I suppose being unemployed with that PhD, you'll have much more witty conversation at the Starbucks, drinking your unemployment check away.

http://www.forbes.com/lists/2006/9/06beststates_Th...


By Reclaimer77 on 4/16/2008 6:34:44 PM , Rating: 2
Dude there is no such thing as a "moderate democrat". Sorry. I see nothing " moderate " about your views at all that puts you apart from a liberal. Your pro abortion, anti religious, pro bigger government, anti war, pro climate change ( funny, weren't you guys calling it " global warming " last month ? ), etc etc. Excuse me, I honestly mean no offense, but where exactly is your " moderate " side ?

And don't confuse higher education with high intelligence. Most democrats are indeed highly educated morons with a lack of common sense and a totally idealist view of how the world actually works. And if you don't like that, then I must say your description of the average Conservative is the most highly stereotyped hate speech I have read here in a long time. Are you being serious ??


RE: FCC Plagued by Politics: "This Place is Hell"
By neobubu on 3/18/2008 12:08:52 PM , Rating: 2
The private sector is sure going a good job taking care of the health-care system in the U.S. Thanks for my stocks but too bad for my buddies Health.


By Ringold on 3/18/2008 7:17:13 PM , Rating: 2
And why did we end up with companies carrying the burden of trying to run everyone's health insurance plans?

Because statists put a cap on wages during WW2, and companies diversified their fringe benefits to try to attract labor without running afoul of federal macroeconomic controls.

In other words, big government gave us this market failure. Interestingly, most people trust government to correct their original sin.


By marvdmartian on 3/18/2008 12:36:37 PM , Rating: 2
Comparing any work done by private sector, to anything performed by government, is really a waste of time. They're two entirely different entities, with different fields of work, and don't relate well to each other.

A more accurate statement might be to say that any federal program run politically will be run poorly, as it would then tend to make decisions based (poorly) on politics (and thus, someone's opinions), versus on the facts at hand.

Micromanaging happens in all sectors, public & private, and is the last defense of a person who is incapable of handling the resposibilities they've been given. A capable manager knows their employees strengths & weaknesses, can plan work accordingly, and should know whom they can trust and who needs to be led by the hand. I've worked for micromanagers before, and it's never a pleasant experience, but they exist in both public & private sectors.

Simply blaming poor performance on the fact that this is a government entity shows nothing but your own short sightedness.


RE: FCC Plagued by Politics: "This Place is Hell"
By Ringold on 3/18/2008 7:25:05 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Simply blaming poor performance on the fact that this is a government entity shows nothing but your own short sightedness.


Actually it's an understanding that government entities face no competitive pressures, and that bureaucrats have the same incentives as the rest of us. Not being a corporate entity which can grow in the commercial sense, a federal lacky has two choices to advance himself in life: expand the size of his bureau's budget, or seek illegal bribes and kick-backs. Some seek the latter, some pursue both paths, but with the lack of any competition the expansion of the budget or work force under his command comes at the cost of efficiency or by expanding the original mandate beyond what is necessary.

It's a general assumption that, all else being equal, a government entity can almost never be as efficient as a firm facing competitive pressure. This is all well known and accepted economic theory, not short sightedness. Even a Democrat economist, if pressed, will be forced to admit this fact (but he'd then go on to provide justifications for his pet project regardless.)


By marvdmartian on 3/19/2008 10:46:52 AM , Rating: 2
Actually, government workers have faced competition, at least in DoD, for about 15 years (or more) now. It's called the A-76 outsourcing studies that are being conducted at most stateside bases, where the in-place civil service workers compete for their jobs against a 'best value' contractor, who's chosen from all the outside companies (including biggies, like Raytheon) that bid on the contract.
Initially, the playing field was fairly even, with the civil service employees winning a little over 50% of the time. But then the companies that bid on these contracts figured out how to play the system, and now oftentimes deliberately underbid the initial contract, knowing that eventually the government will want to do a change of contract (usually for work needed, but overlooked in the initial contract), and that's when they cash in on Uncle's short-sightedness.
Add to that the fact that at many bases, the contracted work being performed is substandard to that which was performed by the old civil service employees (slow to complete work, shoddy workmanship requiring multiple call backs to correct, etc), the add-on costs, and the loss of skilled labor pool in the area (where the skilled labor chooses to move to another area, to keep their civil service career going, rather than to work for the contractor), and the American taxpayer (while being told of how much money is being saved with the contract) ends up getting a worse product for an (eventual) higher price.

In other words, this so-called "competetive" contracting is a bunch of smoke and mirrors, and the only person gaining from it is the rip-off commercial corporation that scams the American taxpayer.


By Kaleid on 3/18/2008 2:17:55 PM , Rating: 2
Sounds like a modern myth. Do you have anything to back that up with?


By sunzt on 3/18/2008 7:13:38 PM , Rating: 2
USPS. They're pretty efficient considering they have to deliver mail to every address in the US everyday (most places).


2 Good Managers.
By Mitch101 on 3/18/2008 11:18:20 AM , Rating: 3
In my career of probably 22 years. I can without hesitation say that of all the managers I have had only 2 were worth the paycheck they received. Even those 2 managers did have a moment where they didn't make the right decision but they didn't hold their staff responsible for the decisions they made.

Plain and simple if you have high turnover its possible its not the job but the extremely poor manager. More managers need to be fired.

Aside from managers the only other field I can say that is as poorly staffed in a company is the HR department. Most HR departments don't have a clue what they are doing either. They get the information from the wrong people thus supporting poor business decisions from poor managers who are only out to save their own instead of taking the blame for a bad decision. - Bad decisions happen but poor managers just rinse and repeat and blame their staff.




RE: 2 Good Managers.
By Proteusza on 3/18/2008 12:00:23 PM , Rating: 2
My brother is in recruitment, and he says dealing with HR is a waste of time. They never know what the department is looking for in a candidate - they, as a rule, know nothing helpful at all and only serve to make it harder for the department in question to get the best candidate.

In this though, I find myself wondering what did Kevin Martin do that was really so bad. So I have heard, he didnt tow the corporate line and suck up to Comcast. I'd like to hear concrete examples of the complaints against him, and his responses. The complaints sound very vague to me.


RE: 2 Good Managers.
By Master Kenobi (blog) on 3/18/2008 12:30:40 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
In my career of probably 22 years. I can without hesitation say that of all the managers I have had only 2 were worth the paycheck they received.

I can definately get behind this statement. Sometimes I really have to wonder, what goes through the minds of the mangers above him that think hes so great, and what goes through his mind to make him think hes credible. It seems to be a concerted effort to do the worst thing at every possible turn.

quote:
Plain and simple if you have high turnover its possible its not the job but the extremely poor manager. More managers need to be fired.

The Ratio of Management to Workers is astonishingly high these days, something like 1 manager for every 5 employees. It really doesn't need to be like that.

quote:
Most HR departments don't have a clue what they are doing either. They get the information from the wrong people thus supporting poor business decisions from poor managers who are only out to save their own instead of taking the blame for a bad decision. - Bad decisions happen but poor managers just rinse and repeat and blame their staff.

Don't even get me started on this issue. I would like to annihilate my HR department and the mangers who play their game. Especially when it comes to factoring in "Diversity" in the work place. No bigger sham than "diversity" has eroded the work place faster of qualified workers.


RE: 2 Good Managers.
By Carter642 on 3/18/2008 1:12:23 PM , Rating: 2
I can't agree more, in the last 7 years I've worked for 2 fortune 100 companies and the level of managerial incompetence is staggering.

Don't even get me started on HR. I think that lately with the rise of "Behavioral interviews" HR has basically given up on actually understanding the jobs that they're trying to place candidates for and replaced qualification with how friendly the candidate is. It always scares me when I go in for an interview and they take me at my word that I'm as good technically as I say I am. I feel I've seen the results of that by getting saddled with many a coworker who is basically just buzzword fluent in highly technical areas.


All political sides suck
By iiiceaser on 3/18/2008 11:31:31 AM , Rating: 4
Ron Paul.




RE: All political sides suck
By Rob Pintwala on 3/18/2008 12:20:58 PM , Rating: 2
Barack Obama.


RE: All political sides suck
By Ringold on 3/18/2008 7:29:36 PM , Rating: 3
You're both weak.

Darth Vader.


Yo!
By Trisagion on 3/18/2008 10:44:57 AM , Rating: 5
When contacted by Dailytech, Kevin Martin had this to say:

So the FCC won't let me be
or let me be me, so let me see!




By tmouse on 3/18/2008 11:51:27 AM , Rating: 3
What if members of the FBI or CIA did this?

Oh......, never mind ; )




Have a Good Day
By Machinegear on 3/18/2008 11:58:00 AM , Rating: 1
Theft, prostitution, corruption, and everything in-between here-and-hell is government. Since I pay taxes, I get to say. So, I say to the government slaves who are complaining about their jobs, "too bad!" and "WTF did you expect?" If you want to sleep well at night with a clear conscious stop working for government! *Idjit*

With my 1040 filed and my extra 2 cents deposited, back to the mass of unsatisfying 9800GX2 reviews...




Execution
By DigitalFreak on 3/18/08, Rating: -1
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