December 20th, 2002

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I get a newsletter in my email each week from whitehouse.gov that sums up the craziness of the Bush administration for the week... Speeches he's made, etc.
This is from the week of December 13.

Any thoughts?

    Armies of Compassion
    PROGRESS FOR THE PRESIDENT'S COMPASSION AGENDA

    President Bush envisions an America where people in need are served by people who care. On Thursday the President traveled to Philadelphia, PA to outline important steps to reach out to America's faith-based and community
    organizations. He announced he would implement key elements of his Faith-Based and Community Initiative in order to make it easier for America's charities to work with the federal government to address the needs of hurting Americans.
    During his remarks, the President said, "Faith-based groups will never replace government when it comes to helping those in need. Yet government must recognize the power and unique contribution of faith-based groups in every part of our country. And when the federal government gives contracts to
    private groups to provide social services, religious groups should have an equal chance to compete."

    Policy in Focus - The President's Compassion Agenda:
    http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2002/12/20021212.html

    Text - President's Remarks:
    http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2002/12/20021212-3.html

    Video - President's Remarks:
    http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2002/12/20021212-3.v.smil
Professional

The Boom Boom Room

Woman to get $3 million in sex distrimination case
From The Guardian, December 18, 2002
    Salomon Smith Barney has been ordered to pay almost $3.2 million to a female stockbroker in a sex discrimination complaint arisin from the infamous "boom boom room" case that rocked Wall Street in the 1990s.
    In her complaint, Keyes described a sexually hostile office environment. She alleged that male colleagues had used sex-related insults, arranged for female strippers in the office, played pornographic videos in the sales manager's office, engaged in simulated phone sex on the speaker phone during work hours, and directed lewd comments at her.
    ... The "boom boom room" referred to a basement at a brokerage in Garden City, NY, where male staff allegedly intimidated female colleagues. ... became the focus of a notorious '97 case ... and led to 1,920 lawsuits against the brokerage, including Ms Keyes.
    ... arbitration panel ordered Salomon, now owned by Citigroup, to pay $1.5 million in compensatory damages, $1.5 million in punitive damages, and $150,000 for emotional distress.
    The panel said the workplace had been "permeated with discriminatory intimidation, ridicule and insult."

http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/story/0,3604,861959,00.html