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by, 12-30-2010 at 05:01 PM (701 Views)
Posted by odell chalmers on December 29, 2010 at 1:20 PM comments (0)
Milwaukee — A sign excluding black people from a future business is enraging some people in a small town. Now, the man who put it up is speaking out. Federal and State law says if the business is open to the public, prohibiting people based on race is illegal. If the man’s proposed gentlemen’s club was going to be a private club, then an African American historian says he could discriminate. Legalities aside, his is a sign that many say is appalling. “If I’ve got a problem with you it’s going to be on the front of my store,” says Mark Prior. Prior posted his ‘No Negros Allowed’ sign after he says he had some problems with black people in the past and needed to make a policy against them. “I’m going to stick to my guns because I think I have the right as a business owner to reject service to anyone. It’s not all the black people there are just a few bad ones,” Prior says of his problems in the past. Prior wants to open a gentlemen’s club in a building next to the Abbotsford city hall and library. He says he moved his sign inside after someone with the city asked him to remove it. “Our mistake is sometimes we look for logic in something that is just plain stupid,” says Dr. Selika Ducksworth-Lawton, an African American historian at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Ducksworth-Lawton says she feels Prior is out to get attention. She says the second he opens his business, he’ll be in violation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
What do politicians do
Posted by odell chalmers on December 29, 2010 at 12:20 PM comments (0)
WASHINGTON -- Senate Republicans on Thursday derailed a bill to aid people who got sick after exposure to dust from the World Trade Center's collapse in the Sept. 11 attack. Supporters were three votes short of the 60 needed to proceed to debate and a final vote on the bill that would have provided as much as $7.4 billion in health care and compensation to 9/11 responders and survivors. The bill failed on a test vote, 57-42.
Fifty-seven Democrats voted for the bill and 41 Republicans opposed it. Republican senators have promised not to consider any other bills until the Senate acts on funding the government and extending tax cuts. This was a huge blow to New York and New Jersey lawmakers who have long fought for the measure, arguing it's morally wrong to not do
Really how are we allowing the republican party to get away with this deny aid to rescue workers, after denying aid to the long term unemployed so that they can assure that the top 1% earners of America receives a tax cut-let the poor and downtrodden suffer as long as the rich get richer-if you voted Republican please enlighten me to the logic behind this stance.