Saturday, April 5, 2008

Sick Joke

They blogged about its doom across the web,
they chatted about it in the chat rooms.

It was a sick joke. Now Gone in 11 months of operation.

If one investor,
(and consider yourselves one Franklin County and
City of Columbus residents)

would have asked experts on the web site
if Sky Bus had a chance, they would have known this
outcome before it happened. The industry experts and the
business man all had many, many reasons why this company
would fail.

Point one from an amateur is :

Did the fuel cost issues with airlines just happen?
Of course not, who did not see that as the sign of
eventual doom ?

I am sorry to say, we been had. Your tax dollars,
your jobs were part of a planned folly. Our city has
been embarrassed nationwide.

I also question who had the most gain?

Who made the most money from this corporate caper?

Startup incentives

In an effort to attract the airline to the city, as well as support its growth

early on, the city of Columbus, along with the

Columbus Regional Airport Authority, had offered incentives totaling over $57 million.

These incentives included a twelve-year tax credit, promised airport improvements,

business loans, and marketing support. Most of the incentives were performance-based,

which required Skybus to create 1000 jobs and complete other milestones to receive the incentives.[33] Incentives such as airport improvements, however, were already completed. When Skybus began operations, they took advantage of $11 million of improvements to their gates in Concourse B at Port Columbus.

Skybus, ATA and Aloha Airlines have stopped flying
in the past week


Another carrier bites the dust – this time, it’s
Skybus Airlines
Published: April 5th, 2008 01:00 AM
Low-cost carrier Skybus Airlines is shutting down today and
plans to file for bankruptcy
protection next week, becoming the latest of the nation’s airlines
to fail because of rising fuel costs and a slowing economy.

The financial situation of the airline, which announced the

shutdown Friday, has worsened,

said Skybus spokesman Bob Tenenbaum.

The shutdown on Friday of Columbus-based Skybus Airlines,
founded by South Charleston native John Weikle,
might spell doom for Jet America,
the low-cost startup
Weikle planned to launch at Charleston's Yeager Airport next
year.Weikle's Skybus ceases operations

Travel insurance of no use to Skybus ticket holders

Skybus Airlines passengers who paid for trip insurance
when booking tickets arestuck paying out of pocket for
the cost of getting home

Talk about getting it wrong
Analyst: Skybus strategy not flawed
Greensboro News Record, NC - Mar 31, 2008
By Richard M. Barron GREENSBORO — Skybus Airlines
is not alone in its struggle with high fuel prices, but older airlines
may have an advantage in weathering ..

Skybus shutdown leaves dance team stranded
By Danny Hooley, staff writer The North Carolina State University
Dance Team is in crisis mode, thanks to the shutdown of Skybus Airlines. ...

Columbus Dispatch
Passengers stuck on one-way trips
Columbus Dispatch, OH - 19 hours ago
The bad news started out as a rumor as passengers waited
in line last night for a flight to Biloxi, Miss., on Skybus Airlines

Skybus - Announcement

Skybus struggled to overcome the combination of rising jet fuel costs and
a slowing economic environment.

Columbus Dispatch
Shutdown of Skybus strands fliers
Richmond Times Dispatch, VA - 54 minutes ago
McCoy didn't learn until she arrived at the airport
yesterday that low-cost, Columbus, Ohio-based Skybus
had shut down abruptly Friday night and will file ...

Skybus Shut Down Leaves Travelers Stuck in Milwaukee Newsradio 620

Skybus... Goes BustWTMJ-TV

"Waking Life"

Alex Jones delivering his celebrated rant from the critically acclaimed film
"Waking Life." Alex explains how we should cast aside our Establishment
designed concepts of the false left-right paradigm and focus on the real
issues. This groundbreaking 2001 rotoscoped animated feature was directed
by Richard Linklater and produced by Tommy Pallotta. It was the winner
of the National Society of Film Critics Award for "Best Experimental Film,"
the New York Film Critics Circle Award for "Best Animated Film," the
"CinemAvvenire Award" at the Venice Film Festival for "Best Film," and
nominated for the festival's main award "The Golden Lion."

Clinton, Obama and McCain to join the planning committee overseeing Israel's 60th anniversary festivities

U.S. Democratic senators and presidential hopefuls Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are scheduled to join Arizona senator and Republican presidential hopeful John McCain as vice-chairmen of the National Committee for Israel 60th, according to a statement released by the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations on Friday. The National Committee for Israel's 60th, the planning committee overseeing Israel's 60th anniversary festivities, was organized by the Conference of Presidents in order to give official sponsorship to the dozens of events and ceremonies planned to take place throughout the United States in honor of the anniversary. -Haaretz

Apr. 5, 2008

U.K. seeks Facebook ban for pedophiles

Boys build stun gun from how-to on Internet

Clintons earned $120 million in eight years

Girls out of polygamous sect

US authorities have removed 52 girls from a polygamous sect,

and say many have been abused.

Ashcroft confuses Obama with Osama

A quiet Chris Rock testifies about Pellicano

Straight or gay? U.S. court says Web site can't ask (Reuters)

When Media Spread 'Lie' About Jessica Lynch Rescue

Teen-tracking mobiles could stop shady behaviour

Mugabe sends chilling message in bid for power

Chinese netizens mourn Lhasa riot victims

NASA slammed over handling of air safety survey

King—Letter from a Birmingham Jail -

Saudi Arabian court orders jail, lashes for Canadian teen

Boston Fed chief offers gloomy outlook for US

Big Dig official's firing led to windfall

EU regulator threatens to go public with cellphone companies' fees

What Did Bill Clinton Do To Get $14.4M From Ron Burkle?
One big line item is missing from the Clinton tax return press summary:
the $15 million paid to Bill Clinton between 2003 and 2007 by
Ron Burkle's Yucaipa Global Opportunities Fund.

AP Examines Just How Ridiculous ISP Contracts Are

Drones to Battle Pot Growers...
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Sonny Bono 'assassinated' by hitmen

SONNY Bono, former husband and singing partner of superstar Cher, was clubbed to death by hitmen on the orders of drug and weapons dealers who feared he was going to expose them, a former FBI agent claims.

The Australian, News from Australia's National Newspaper

Juvenile Prisons Must Change

The state has settled a lawsuit alleging problems in the youth
detention system and now Ohio is making changes that involve
more guards and medical workers.

Friday, April 4, 2008

Sex abuse, violence alleged at teen jails across U.S.

If you are surprised about this you are NOT paying attention!

JACKSON, Mississippi (CNN) -- Girls as young as 13 say they were shackled for weeks at a time in Mississippi.


Erica was 16 when she was forced to wear leg shackles at a Mississippi detention center, she said.

A Texas teen was allegedly offered birthday cake in exchange for sex.

A guard drove his knee into the neck of a frail suicidal Ohio boy after the youth was wrestled to the ground and held down by other guards who stripped him and covered his face with a smock, a state report said.

More than two dozen girls at an Indiana lock-up describe "networking" -- their term for sneaking into each other's cells to have sex, with no interference from guards.

This is a glimpse into what America's juvenile jails look like, according to lawsuits, criminal cases and experts who have spent years delving into what they call a broken system.

"It's a nationwide crisis that has been going on for years, one the public has never been told the extent of," said psychiatric social worker Jerome Miller, the co-founder of the National Center on Institutions and Alternatives, who has evaluated and helped reform juvenile jails for more than three decades.

This summer, Mississippi plans to close Columbia Training School, a juvenile facility that houses mostly minor offenders. They are often runaways from abusive homes. Listen to stories of Mississippi's teen lock-ups



A sistah like myself moves around all time looking at this world we live in.
I like looking in the past, the present, and into the future.
There is always something to focus in on.
This is the space where I plan to share my visions.


Thursday, April 3, 2008

Lawmakers heavily invested in defense

WASHINGTON - Members of Congress have as much as $196 million collectively invested in companies doing business with the Defense Department, earning millions since the onset of the Iraq war, according to a study by a nonpartisan research group.

Not all the companies in which lawmakers invested are typical defense contractors. Corporations such as PepsiCo, IBM, Microsoft and Johnson & Johnson have at one point received defense-related contracts, notes the report by the Washington-based Center for Responsive Politics. MORE

Paris - What Would You Do?


Neocon Memo Says Fourth Amendment Does Not Apply To Military Operations Within U.S.

NEW YORK – A newly disclosed secret memo authored by the Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) in March 2003 that asserts President Bush has unlimited power to order brutal interrogations of detainees also reveals a radical interpretation of the Constitution’s Fourth Amendment protection from unreasonable search and seizure. The memo, declassified yesterday as the result of an American Civil Liberties Union lawsuit, cites a still-secret DOJ memo from 2001 that found that the “Fourth Amendment had no application to domestic military operations.” MORE

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

I was Banned Again !! Record time!

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Low Graduation Rates in Many City School Districts, According to Report
Seventeen of the nation's 50 largest cities had high school graduation rates lower than 50 percent, with the lowest graduation rates reported in Detroit, Indianapolis and Cleveland, according to a report released Tuesday.

Nationally, about 70 percent of U.S. students graduate on time with a regular diploma and about 1.2 million students drop out annually.

Video showing a woman being pushed down some stairs by a police officer that led to a battery charge against the woman has prompted calls for charges against the officer.
Thieves smashed the window to break in and then gutted the property for its copper pipes -- a crime that has spread across the United States as the economy slows and foreclosed homes stand empty and vulnerable.

Hillary Clinton says she opposed NAFTA from the beginning. That's not what the record says.

McCain adviser Kissinger's 1974 plan for food control genocide

On Dec. 10, 1974, the U.S. National Security Council under Henry Kissinger completed a classified 200-page study, "National Security Study Memorandum 200: Implications of Worldwide Population Growth for U.S. Security and Overseas Interests." The study falsely claimed that population growth in the so-called Lesser Developed Countries (LDCs) was a grave threat to U.S. national security. Adopted as official policy in November 1975 by President Gerald Ford, NSSM 200 outlined a covert plan to reduce population growth in those countries through birth control, and also, implicitly, war and famine. Brent Scowcroft, who had by then replaced Kissinger as national security adviser (the same post Scowcroft was to hold in the Bush administration), was put in charge of implementing the plan. CIA Director George Bush was ordered to assist Scowcroft, as were the secretaries of state, treasury, defense, and agriculture.

Under rules that will take effect April 28, defense officials said they want the exact same access to student directories that is provided to all other prospective employers.

Students can opt out of having their information turned over to the military only if they opt out of having their information provided to all other recruiters, but schools cannot have policies that exclude only the military, defense officials said in a March 28 notice of the new policy in the Federal Register.

" Some of the worst things that happened you don't know about, okay? Videos, um, there are women there. Some of you may have read that they were passing letters out, communications out to their men. This is at Abu Ghraib ... The women were passing messages out saying 'Please come and kill me, because of what's happened' and basically what happened is that those women who were arrested with young boys, children in cases that have been recorded. The boys were sodomized with the cameras rolling. And the worst above all of that is the soundtrack of the boys shrieking that your government has. They are in total terror. It's going to come out."
The service, popular in Scandinavia, promises to provide users with a detailed map of their friends' locations, any time and anywhere. However, there are fears that Sniff could be abused by employers to remove the last vestiges of privacy from staff.
Watergate-Era Judiciary Chief of Staff: Hillary Clinton Fired For Lies, Unethical Behavior
The now-retired general counsel and chief of staff of the House Judiciary Committee, who supervised Hillary when she worked on the Watergate investigation, says Hillary's history of lies and unethical behavior goes back farther - and goes much deeper - than anyone realizes.
Rapists in the ranks
The stories are shocking in their simplicity and brutality: A female military recruit is pinned down at knifepoint and raped repeatedly in her own barracks. Her attackers hid their faces but she identified them by their uniforms; they were her fellow soldiers. During a routine gynecological exam, a female soldier is attacked and raped by her military physician. Yet another young soldier, still adapting to life in a war zone, is raped by her commanding officer. Afraid for her standing in her unit, she feels she has nowhere to turn.

Monday, March 31, 2008

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