Why Shaniqua Can’t Code

9 09 2016

Fountain Park

This has already happened.  Biden basically said that we all need to learn how to code because it’s the best route to the middle class.

Because we don’t need that many coders, there won’t be much of a middle class anymore, if that’s true. The other problem is that these jobs are supposed to require such high skill levels that by all rights they should have upper middle class salary and benefits packages, not straight middle class ones. We all know why they don’t, (cough cough H-1B cough cough), and if LaunchCode does have placement success, it will only create an even bigger army of CSIT permatemps.

LaunchCode happens to be in the same state office building on Delmar just east of Kingshighway that also hosts the St. Louis NAACP office. That should tell you all you need to know about its intentions. You know the old book Why Johnny Can’t Read. The book for our times could be tiled Why Shaniqua Can’t Code.





Trump to Attend Phyllis Schlafly Memorial

9 09 2016

CWE

It’s tomorrow at the CB.  I was thinking about going, but I’ll watch the highlights later, because now that Trump is coming, the security is going to be air tight.

It was six months ago Sunday that Trump was first and last in town as a Presidential candidate, and PS introduced and endorsed him at the event.  That was when that Carl the Cuck versus Aids Skrillex thing broke out outside Kiel.





Garden Variety Dunderheaded

8 09 2016

Jeff Vanderlou

St. Louis had its own minor analogue to Gunrunner (“Fast and Furious”).  Unlike the Arizona-Mexico version, which was out and outright evil, and the Milwaukee version, which this article mentions, which was grossly negligent, what we had here was just your garden variety dunderhead silliness, the type which law enforcement sting ops are known for.





Twelve O’Clock Boys (11 O’Clock Central)

8 09 2016

Downtown

The ATV/bike stunt fad, which started in Baltimore, has hit these parts.

Actually, it didn’t just hit.  It was before I first read about the outbreak in Baltimore and watched Twelve O’Clock Boys that I read about cops patrolling Kingshighway between Martin Luther King and Natural Bridge having lots of problems with these sorts.





BTW, How’s the DeAndre Joshua Investigation Coming Along?

7 09 2016

Ferguson

Get ready for half of black Twitter to claim the white poleeceseseseses did it.

This reminds me of the murder of DeAndre Joshua, though in that case, the gossip is that he was murdered for “snitching,” i.e. testifying truthfully to the grand jury empaneled to consider criminal charges against Darren Wilson.





Dood, Seriously?

6 09 2016

Downtown

As the Toast Burns in House-78-D.

brucefranks

You came to a news conference at the City BOEC dressed like that.

If he winds up winning the special election and joins the House, it will be interesting to see how he dresses for work.  For that, I’ll have a front row seat.

Also, Nixon reshuffled the deck on the board itself.

 





Muh Sybil Rites

5 09 2016

Normandy

P-D:

Messenger: NAACP seeks Justice Department help for St. Louis transit funding

It was early 2009 and the Great Recession was taking its toll. Metro was cutting public transit routes in St. Louis, and Gwen Moore started getting complaints from her students.

She was teaching business and international management classes at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and many of her students said they were having a hard time getting to class or to work with the reduced transit routes and schedule.

Moore approached the problem like an academic. She dug into the numbers, trying to understand why there weren’t more transit opportunities in St. Louis, especially in neighborhoods serving people at or near the poverty line. Her research focused on state transportation funding, and what she found made her mad.

“What I discovered was, the funds were not being distributed appropriately,” Moore said.

In fact, like in many areas of state spending, St. Louis and other cities in Missouri — the places where more people live and most of the economic activity in the state is — were getting (and still are) much less than their fair share of transportation dollars. “They need to spend the money where people actually live and drive.”

(snip)

In August, Moore, as head of the better transportation coalition, and Esther Haywood, president of the St. Louis County NAACP, each wrote U.S. Rep. William Lacy Clay, D-Mo., and asked him to seek Justice Department intervention into Missouri’s disparate road funding.

To Moore and Haywood, this is a civil rights issue. By failing to fund transportation fairly in Missouri’s biggest cities, where the majority of black residents live, the state is out of compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act, they argue.

“For half a century, long past the civil rights era, transportation in Missouri has discriminated against people living in urban areas,” Haywood wrote.

(snip)

Moore wants the Justice Department to come back to St. Louis and follow the model it did in assessing police and court disparities in Ferguson. Just an investigation by the Justice Department viewing transportation through a civil rights lens — which the Ferguson Commission also called for — might put pressure on lawmakers to return more transportation dollars to St. Louis and Kansas City, where they can have a greater impact on the state’s economy.

I wrote in yesterday’s wrap-up that national defense is the political elbow grease used to push a fat piece of legislation through a thin opening.  I forgot to include civil rights in that.  There’s nothing the Federal government can’t do if whatever it wants to do wears national defense or civil rights garments.  Find a way to mash them together, and Uncle Sam can go to town.

The irony of this story is that the reason for the 2009 transit cuts was because the MissingLink extension was way late and way over budget, thanks to affirmative action contractors, and this ate a big hole in Metro’s budget.  The story does have a happy ending; not long after that, the city and county voters were magnanimous enough to pass a sales tax to cover up those holes, and the previous cuts were reversed.

The reason why state transportation funding is disproportionately spent in rural areas is because a disproportionate percentage of Missouri’s state primary and secondary highway mileage is in rural areas.  And now, almost all of the failing bridges are in rural areas.