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Monday, May 03, 2010

Remember Due Diligence?

Why does it seem that companies aren't as disciplined as they once were when it comes to background checks on new employees?

It seems that the need still exists ...
Va. bookkeeper accused of stealing $300,000
Associated Press

Richmond, Va. (AP) -- An Henrico County bookkeeper twice convicted of embezzlement has been accused of stealing about $300,000 from her employer over four years.

Mary Beth Redford of New Kent faces trial June 23 on charges of uttering and embezzlement. She was freed on bond last week.

Redford was hired by an orthopedic practice in 2006 in Henrico. Prosecutors say the 43-year-old Redford created fictitious payments to creditors, then cashed checks written to herself.

Court records show she was sentenced to 10 months in prison after being convicted in 2003 of taking about $6,000 from the New Kent Youth Association. In 1999, she received a suspended sentence for taking about $7,000 from a dentist's office in Henrico. [link]
She gets hired.  She steals.  She gets caught.  She gets convicted.

She gets hired.  She steals.  She gets caught.  She gets convicted.

She gets hired.  She steals.  She gets caught ...

Hello?

Stop The Leak, Clean Up The Mess, Get Back To Work.

There will be those who live in dreamland - and on college campuses, where reality need not be taken into account - who will want to use the Gulf oil spill as an argument against fossil fuel production and consumption.  But until they come up with a viable alternative (by now, all agree that wind and solar ain't it), we must accept the fact that accidents will occur, that we must do everything in our power to prevent future such incidents from happening, to clean up the oil spill, and get back to fueling civilization.

There is no alternative:
The Spill vs. a Need to Drill
By Jad Mouawad, New York Times

Is history about to repeat itself in the Gulf of Mexico?

It may seem so this weekend. Emotions are running high as an oil slick washes over the Gulf Coast’s fragile ecosystem, threatening fisheries, shrimp farmers and perhaps even Florida’s tourism industry. Thousands could see their livelihoods ruined. A cleanup could take years.

Beyond railing at BP, the company that owns the well now spewing oil, some environmental groups have demanded an end to offshore exploration and urged President Obama to restore a moratorium on drilling. The White House has already said no new drilling permits will be approved until the causes of the accident are known. Additional government oversight seems inevitable.

But whatever the magnitude of the spill at the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig, 50 miles off the coast of Louisiana, it is unlikely to seriously impede offshore drilling in the Gulf. The country needs the oil — and the jobs.

The nation’s demand for oil has surged, rising more than 35 percent over the past four decades, while domestic production has declined by a third. Oil imports have doubled, and the United States now buys more than 12 million barrels of oil a day from other countries, about two-thirds of its needs.

The politics have also changed. Republicans want to boost domestic oil production to reduce the nation’s dependence on foreign oil. High on the Democratic agenda is reducing carbon emissions that cause global warming. To bridge the gap, the White House has backed a compromise that would expand domestic offshore exploration in exchange for Republican support for its climate policy.

There is another reason why offshore drilling is likely to continue. Most of the big new discoveries lie deep beneath the world’s oceans, including in the Gulf of Mexico. For the oil companies, these reserves are worth hundreds of billions of dollars and represent the industry’s future. [link]
Nobody wants to see the photos that are soon to appear of sea birds caked in slime, soon to die.  And we regret the fact that thousands of oyster fishermen may lose their jobs as a result of this tragic accident.

But, like it or not, hundreds of millions of human beings are dependent on Gulf Oil.  We can't lose sight of that fact.  We should never lose sight of that fact.

The drilling must go on.  Clean up the mess and get back to it.

Whither Al Gore?

Now that Al Gore has decided to buy an over-the-top oppulent home out in GlamourLand that has nine bathrooms, Roger Simon wants to know: "Has Al Gore given up on global warming?"

It's run its course. He knows that.

Expect ol' Al to be off on another adventure now.

What Did You Expect From Government Motors?

We're still not done thrashing GM over that fraudulent ad claim:
Investigate This
By Scott Johnson, Powerline

Over the past week or so we have noted the fraudulent General Motors public relations blitz promoting its supposed repayment of the money it owes the United States government. GM chairman and chief executive officer Edward Whitacre led off the blitz in the Wall Street Journal column "The GM bailout: Paid back in full." GM followed up Whitacre's announcement with a an equally misleading advertisement featuring Whitacre.

Whitacre and GM omitted two facts that render their public relations blitz highly misleading. They are the kind of omissions that constitute securities fraud when made by a company in connection with the purchase or sale of a security or when a company reports its financial results.

First, Whitacre and GM omitted any mention of the remaining $50 billion or so that the government has sunk in the company's equity. Second, Whitacre and GM omitted any mention of the source of the funds with which GM "repaid" the loan. According to TARP Special Inspector General Neil Barofsky, the source of the funds in whole or in substantial part was the United States government TARP program, not GM earnings.

GM's fraudulent public relations blitz took place with the support of the Obama administration, up to and including Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner.

In retrospect, it is obvious that GM undertook the blitz at the behest of the Obama administration. It is symptomatic of the era of national socialism in which we find ourselves, and for which GM is a leading indicator. [link]
Whether accidental or intentional, use of the term "national socialism" seems fitting.

Expect to hear it used often as time goes by.

Hope?  Change?  That was then ...

A Law Coming To a Street Corner Near You

Quote the Bible, defy the "Public Order Act," and go to jail:
Christian preacher arrested for saying homosexuality is a sin
By Heidi Blake, Telegraph of London

Dale McAlpine was charged with causing “harassment, alarm or distress” after a homosexual police community support officer (PCSO) overheard him reciting a number of “sins” referred to in the Bible, including blasphemy, drunkenness and same sex relationships.

The 42-year-old Baptist, who has preached Christianity in Wokington, Cumbria for years, said he did not mention homosexuality while delivering a sermon from the top of a stepladder, but admitted telling a passing shopper that he believed it went against the word of God.

Police officers are alleging that he made the remark in a voice loud enough to be overheard by others and have charged him with using abusive or insulting language, contrary to the Public Order Act. [link]
Talking bad about homosexuals in Britain is against the law.

Meanwhile authorities there tolerate this:

For the love of God.

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You think it can't happen here in the USA?  I would argue that we are very close to that point now.

A Chuckle

You know those emails you get that start your morning with a chuckle?

Butt Lift Gone Bad
Good mornin!