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  • just a conservative girl 9:16 AM on 04/10/2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: affirmative action, , minorities,   

    All in the Name of Diversity – Hiring Lifeguards – Skin Color Yes, Swimming Skills, Not So Much 

    Phoenix, Arizona apparently has a number of public pools.  Those pools need lifeguards.  That seems perfectly reasonable.  I would feel much more comfortable knowing that if my children were swimming that there would be someone who could save them in a case of emergency.  This is something that I feel my tax dollars should be used for.

    Well, they have decided that the pool of people to choose from for these positions isn’t diverse enough.  So they have decided to make an effort to hire according to the color bar instead of competency.

    “The kids in the pool are all either Hispanic or black or whatever, and every lifeguard is white,” she says, “and we don’t like that. The kids don’t relate; there’s language issues.”

    Martinez turns to a Latina student next to her. “Do you speak Spanish?” she asks. “We need more lifeguards who can speak Spanish.”

    Again, this is something that I don’t really have a problem with especially when they say the more than 90% of the people who use these pools are minorities.  But, and this is a big but, they don’t seem to care if the kids are really qualified to do the job.

    As the teens swim laps at Alhambra, it’s clear many haven’t had much formal training. But the coaches of the course aren’t fazed and are prepared to put in the time to teach.

    “Honestly, I have a little bit a fear of the water, and I wanted to overcome that fear,” says high school junior Jesus Jimenez. He didn’t grow up going to pools with his family but likes the idea of lifeguarding.

    “It is nice to have the satisfaction of knowing that if somebody is in trouble you can save them at any time,” he says.

    If he is selected to be a lifeguard, other pool staff will work with him on his swimming skills all summer.

    Um, why you would send your child to a pool that had lifeguards that weren’t really qualified to save your child in a case of emergency?  I think it is wonderful that the city is putting an effort in to teach minorities better swimming skills.  Not only is a swimming a great form of exercise, I do believe it is a skill that everyone should have.  But you don’t take unqualified people and put them in a position that will affect the safety of the general public simply because of their skin color.  Yet one more example of the dumbing down of America.  We are teaching these children that skin color is more important than skills and safety.

    I bet there is going to be a group of attorney’s lined up once the first person drowns.  I hope that the city has paid up their insurance premiums, they are going to need it.  My advice to the parents who use this pool, go somewhere else or find another activity for your children that doesn’t have as much as a risk.

     
    • signpainterguy 10:41 AM on 04/10/2013 Permalink | Reply

      Diversity ! The left keeps using that word. I do not think it means what they think it means !

  • just a conservative girl 12:21 PM on 11/17/2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: mcdonnell, minorities, , ,   

    Is Outreach Really a Waste of Time? 

    While campaigning for Governor of Virginia, Bob McDonnell’s campaign as well as his surrogates spent a great deal of time reaching out to all voters.  His Woman for McDonnell coalition spread out all over the state to make sure they were accessible to women voters.  While many on the right (Ahem Phil) call this pandering, it is smart politics.  It is pandering if you are promising people things specifically based on gender, race, or any other group, but actually talking to these groups is simply spreading your message and helping them understand how your policies will help their lives.  Governor McDonnell also has continued to do that throughout his term in office.

    It has paid off:

    Quinnipiac’s poll, conducted Nov. 8-12, found that among women respondents, 48 percent approved of McDonnell to 26 percent who disapproved. Fifty-nine percent of men had a positive view of McDonnell to 27 percent who did not. Overall, the governor’s approval rating stood at 53 percent.

    McDonnell fared well among young voters 18 years old to 34, too. Forty-eight percent approved, and 24 percent disapproved.

    Among black voters, who broke overwhelmingly for Obama last week, 41 percent approved of McDonnell, and 34 percent did not.

    McDonnell’s results are uncommon among Republicans, said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling institute.

    “He is the only Republican officeholder in seven states surveyed by Quinnipiac University who get positive ratings from women — almost 2-to-1 in this case — and a plus score from black voters. A 2-to-1 approval rating among young voters doesn’t hurt,” Brown said.

    This is a state that two days before this polling voted to re-elect President Obama.  Women went to Obama over Romney.  So it isn’t that women are pre-disposed to vote only for a democrat.  They will vote for the person who they believe best suits their needs and the needs of their families.

    Now has Governor McDonnell been everything I hoped for?  No, but they never are.  Virginia has survived the economic downfall in this country fairly well.  We have a rainy day fund (I don’t love these, but I do understand why they are necessary) that has just been increased, our unemployment is low, our taxes have not really increased since his administration took over, and he has kept the majority of his promises.  All and all I think he has done a decent job.

    My point being that he did the work and it has paid off.  This is a lesson that many others in the republican party should take notice of.

     
  • just a conservative girl 8:56 AM on 10/03/2012 Permalink | Reply
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    The Obama Tape 

    Last night a video of a speech that President Obama gave back in 2007 was released in its entirety.  The tape is divisive, race baiting, and pandering.  One must ask themselves why that fake accent he is putting is not the moral equivalent of black face?  It isn’t like the president grew up in a predominately black neighborhood and was speaking “Ebonics” as a child, then as an adult learned better diction but occasionally falls back into old habits when back in the “neighborhood”.  Why the black community doesn’t see how condescending it is for him to speak that way in front of them is beyond me.  

     The speech was also widely inaccurate in terms of Katrina.  Of the course the media’s conventional wisdom has been that President Bush put his feet up on his desk and thought to himself, hey I am gonna kill me some black people today.  New Orleans is what was put on television.  It certainly wasn’t the whole story. The damage caused by the storm itself was much worse in Mississippi than New Orleans.  New Orleans actually survived the storm quite well until the levees were breached.  But New Orleans is what people saw.  The media didn’t totally ignore what was going on in other parishes in Louisiana, but they almost did.  There was another parish that was just as devastated as NOLA was, and that one is predominately white.  The help didn’t get to them anymore more quickly.  The government failed.  Which to me isn’t a surprise.  I don’t think the government is all that quick or efficient.  Matter of fact the government was by design meant to move slowly.  To me the biggest failures of Katrina in New Orleans was Mayor Nagin not doing enough to get those people out of there before the storm hit.  The Governor also was far too lax in her call for federal help.  

     To this day many people don’t realize that President Bush couldn’t do anything for the first few days.  That pesky little thing called the constitution got in his way.  The state had to request federal troops.   The governor didn’t do that for days.  We don’t want the President of the United States to have the power on his own to put military forces on the ground in this country.  It is an invitation to tyranny.  

     I also think it comes as quite a surprise to people like me who gave money to funds to help the victims of Katrina that I didn’t care.  After all I am white, they were mostly black, so hey so what.  My church went to NOLA for about two years after the storm hit, cleaning up areas and helping people rebuild their lives.  We raised over $100K in those efforts in just the first month.  I am sure over the two years we raised a considerable greater amount.  But now I am being told that I didn’t care.  That is news to me.  Not only did my faith based community give funds, they gave their time and their sweat.  But I guess I am just that average white person he talked about months later.  

     I also found out that my roads don’t need to be fixed.  Really?  I pay taxes too.   One of the things that I was reminded of while listening to that speech is the controversy here in D.C. surrounding the opening of the Walmart in several depressed neighborhoods.  He specifically mentioned that people have to go too far to do their everyday things.  That is very true in the neighborhoods that these stores are scheduled to open in.  But they have been fought tooth and nail.  It is mostly about Walmart not being unionized, but they won’t admit that.  One of the D.C. council members actually said that opening them is a bad idea because people will get arrest records when they can’t resist the urge to shoplift.  Yes, they really said that.  That is how little they really think of the poor.  

     But the president had that covered too:

    “We can’t expect them to have all the skills they need to work. They may need help with basic skills, how to shop, how to show up for work on time, how to wear the right clothes, how to act appropriately in an office. We have to help them get there.”

    I must be an idiot.  It never occurred to me that being poor meant you couldn’t figure out how to get to work on time or even understand why that would be important.  I didn’t realize that they need to be taught how to dress.  Now, I can imagine that a person of limited income may need some help being able to afford nicer business attire, but not that they were unable to comprehend that they needed it.  I didn’t know that being poor means that your intellectual capacity is very limited and the government needs to sweep in and teach you everything that may need to know how to behave in an office setting.  

     Sadly, many in this country agree with him on this.  This is why I can’t be a liberal.  I have more faith in the individual, even the poor ones.  I don’t think they are so stupid they don’t know these things without a government program to teach them.  Now, I would like someone who agrees with these statements to explain to me what makes you think if they lack the intellectual ability to grasp this without a government program why do you think they will ever get it?  Obviously you think they are so stupid that the concept of being on time to work doesn’t occur to them on their own.  

     Even this won’t wake up the inner city/poor black community.  Here he is, telling you that you don’t have the capacity to complete simple and basic thought processes on your own.  You are totally dependent on government to do that for you.  Yes, he has your best interests at heart.  

     But, even more sadly is that, as president, he has done none of those things to help you.  The unemployment rate is almost doubled that of the general population.  But, hey details.  What do I know? After all, I am the racist for thinking this tape says something important about the liberal mindset of minorities and the poor.  Even though I have said repeatedly that being poor is more of a barrier in this country than color is.  Being born white and poor is no easier than being born black/hispanic/asian/ and poor.  I am still the racist.  

     

     
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