The Matrix: DC Edition

2013 April 29
by drdog09

One of the nation’s top advocates for paid sick leave utilizes unpaid interns who lack the pay and benefits for which the group lobbies.

The National Partnership for Women & Families (NPWF), a lucrative nonprofit that lobbies for mandatory paid sick leave laws in cities and states across the country, advertised part and full-time internships on its website that come without compensation or benefits.

“We believe actions speak louder than words. … Interns are integrally involved in our day-to-day work,” the website states. “The summer internship is unpaid.”

The group has maintained steady cash reserves to fund its policy goals despite the skimpy compensation package. The company had $22 million in reserves at the end of 2011, up from about $17 million in 2009, according to its tax filings.


Now, on the surface this is a simple case of a NGO not `walking the talk` in their own backyard. I would love to see all the unpaid interns stage a blue flu sickout and demand pay for their time off. Then see how the board management reacts. Mr. O’Keefe this is right up your alley.

But deeper this is the type of single issue organizations that are killing this country. Paid sick leave does not sound like a big deal. Many companies offer a policy of allocated days off for the purpose. The problem is there are hundreds of such NGO’s all across the country all attempting the same single issue politics irrespective of the consequences.

They represent a special interest as invasive as those from Wall Street.

46 Responses leave one →
  1. 2013 April 29 6:18 am
    drdog09 permalink

    Side Bar:

    Surprises me that JPM does not offer free checking to every recepient. Or maybe they do… Any regard it is the 21st Century equivalent of Oliver Twist with JPM play the role of Mr. Bumble.

  2. 2013 April 29 6:24 am
    drdog09 permalink

    What’s the problem? — — its apparent that the members of congress, the courts and Executive are already stoned.

  3. 2013 April 29 6:51 am
    justrand permalink

    this post about the “National Partnership for Women & Families” is just another piece of evidence that we are waaaaay down the rabbit hole!

    Essentially: “Benefits for WE…but not for THEE, Interns! Now get back in the fields and pick some cotton!

    Nothing like slave-labor to help you protest working conditions, eh?

  4. 2013 April 29 8:22 am
    justrand permalink


    the demoralization and dismantling of our military continues apace

    the bill for this will come due soon…and payment will be made with the blood of our young people.

  5. 2013 April 29 8:32 am


  6. 2013 April 29 8:37 am
    drdog09 permalink

    Sadly Dooley could win his case and still lose. The Brass can put up a minimal defense, lose, then turn right around and remove his name for consideration for field grade command. It effectively ends his career in-place. His only move then is out of DoD and into Spookville.

  7. 2013 April 29 8:39 am
    bc3b permalink

    Executives of many non-profits pull in big salaries. I wonder how much the executives of the National Partnership for Women & Families make. It appears they are attempting to reinstitute slavery.

  8. 2013 April 29 8:40 am
    drdog09 permalink

    KH, Now an open source tool to read smart cards —

  9. 2013 April 29 8:43 am
    drdog09 permalink


    Here ya go —

    $245,835 3.52% Debra L. Ness President


  10. 2013 April 29 8:59 am
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    Monday, April 29, 2013
    Gun-slinging Woman Takes on Effete Fed – and Makes It Better!
    By Staff Report0
    Fed’s Esther George: speaking up for middle America … Federal Reserve officials, as a rule, can expect a tough crowd when they visit places like Oklahoma where suspicion of big government runs deep. Esther George, president of the Kansas City Fed, is an exception. As she surveyed the cattle ranchers, energy bosses and other business leaders waiting to hear her speak at an event in El Reno, Oklahoma this month, she had a lot in common with her audience. – Reuters

    Dominant Social Theme: Women can be great monetary leaders, too.

    Free-Market Analysis: Presumably we are supposed to feel better because there is now a hawkish woman of integrity voting against accommodative Federal Reserve policies.

    We’re not actually especially impressed by her but we are always impressed generally with Reuters’s endless efforts to adulate central bankers. If they are not comparing them to superheroes, they are showing us – in this article – that the Fed is a place where clear-eyed individualists like Esther George can shine.

    Read More

    Monday, April 29, 2013
    Farce of the Bundesbank
    By Staff Report0

    Bundesbank declares ‘war’ on Mario Draghi bond bail-out at Germany’s top court. Germany’s Bundesbank has issued a devastating attack on the bond rescue policies of the European Central Bank, rendering the eurozone’s key crisis measure almost unworkable. The Draghi plan mobilized the ECB as lender of last resort and led to a spectacular fall in borrowing costs across the EMU periphery, buying nine months of financial calm. The hardline central bank – known as the temple of monetary orthodoxy – told Germany’s top court that the ECB’s pledge to shore up Italian and Spanish debt entails huge risks and violates fundamental principles. “It is not the duty of the ECB to rescue states in crisis,” it wrote in a 29-page document leaked to Handelsblatt. – UK Telegraph

    Dominant Social Theme: German hawks face down the terrible and spendthrift Eurocracy.

    Free-Market Analysis: Excuse our cynicism. This all looks to us like a kind of monetary passion play. The outcome is predictable and the drama is being presented for the gratifications of the rubes.

    Read More

    Monday, April 29, 2013
    Liberty Was Also Attacked in Boston
    By Ron Paul6

    Ron Paul
    Forced lockdown of a city. Militarized police riding tanks in the streets. Door-to-door armed searches without warrant. Families thrown out of their homes at gunpoint to be searched without probable cause. Businesses forced to close. Transport shut down.

    These were not the scenes from a military coup in a far off banana republic, but rather the scenes just over a week ago in Boston as the United States got a taste of martial law. The ostensible reason for the military-style takeover of parts of Boston was that the accused perpetrator of a horrific crime was on the loose. The Boston bombing provided the opportunity for the government to turn what should have been a police investigation into a military-style occupation of an American city. This unprecedented move should frighten us as much or more than the attack itself.


    Sadly, we have been conditioned to believe that the job of the government is to keep us safe, but in reality the job of the government is to protect our liberties. Once the government decides that its role is to keep us safe, whether economically or physically, they can only do so by taking away our liberties. That is what happened in Boston.”

  11. 2013 April 29 9:10 am
    booshkindoggin permalink

    NPWF Salary data: from form 990 for fiscal year end 3/31/2012:
    Pres Debra Ness $311,699 plus $48,435 in “other compensation (from the org and related orgs…), totaling $360k (poor thing probably got a well-earned raise in the following year, not yet reported).

    Rounding out the remaining top five employees/board advisors are salaries +, ranging from 147k to 227k.

  12. 2013 April 29 9:14 am
    drdog09 permalink

    Maybe the name of the game is to start a nonprofit and ride it….

  13. 2013 April 29 9:19 am
    drdog09 permalink

    Here’s more on the JPM – EBT racket —

    “Most people are outraged to learn that the financial behemoth (which received a $94.7 billion taxpayer funded bailout in 2008) receives a fee of between $0.31 and $2.30 for each food stamp recipient in 23 states. They’re positively gob-fobbed when they understand that since 2004 the company has collected more than $560 million in fees for processing government benefits.

    It’s not by coincidence that JPMorgan’s political donations to members of the House and Senate Agricultural Committees have gone from only $82,000 in 2002 to more than $325,000 in 2010. Kinda takes corporate “welfare” to an entirely new level.

    This time around the players aren’t the big banks but their financial services “cousins” like MetLife Inc., Prudential Financial Inc., Allianz and Lincoln National Corp, all of whom are heavy hitters in the insurance and annuities markets.

    Not surprisingly, many of those same companies are also involved in providing retirement plans which, of course, also require tremendous oversight and generate huge fees…soon to be ginormous fees, if Obama’s scheme passes.”

  14. 2013 April 29 11:58 am
    bc3b permalink

    drdog09 #11

    Thanks for confirming my suspicions that this is yet another non-profit that is run primarily for the benefit of its executives. By not paying the summer inters perhaps Debra L. Ness can increase her salary to $260,000. I am willing to bet Debra doesn’t work nights and weekends and that she doesn’t do windows or much of anything else.

    I stopped by Rally’s to pick up a couple swirl cones and the nicest, most helpful girl was working the drive-thru window. Just an average looking girl with a great personality and a can-do attitude. This may be one time in which I am in favor of income redistribution.

  15. 2013 April 29 12:53 pm

    Lactose craving Communist.

  16. 2013 April 29 1:06 pm
    drdog09 permalink

  17. 2013 April 29 1:26 pm

    transactional sex — ~~~what the hell is that??

  18. 2013 April 29 1:50 pm
    justrand permalink

    IP: “transactional sex — ~~~what the hell is that??”

    I think it’s “Pay for Play”…but that’s also the term for Washington Lobbyists bribing CongressCritters.

    Come to think of it…it’s the same thing 🙂

  19. 2013 April 29 2:31 pm

    let us hope boner grows a pair and deep sixes this crap.

  20. 2013 April 29 3:06 pm
    bc3b permalink

    NHL playoffs start tomorrow night.

  21. 2013 April 29 3:56 pm
    drdog09 permalink


    Womack is sponsoring it, has only 65 cosponsors. 30/70 chance against?? Don’t see anyone on Boners inner circle on the list.

  22. 2013 April 29 4:04 pm
    MI Conservative permalink

    Red wings made it……but how long they’ll last only God knows.

  23. 2013 April 29 4:40 pm
    mulletover permalink

  24. 2013 April 29 4:42 pm
    drdog09 permalink

  25. 2013 April 29 4:55 pm
    bc3b permalink

    MIC –

    The Wings are a long way from the Yzerman, Shanahan, Lidstrom days.

  26. 2013 April 29 5:14 pm
    justrand permalink

    Drdog…your link in #27 gave me serious pause …SERIOUS

    I need to stock up more…and learn Chinese!

  27. 2013 April 29 5:22 pm

    #10 – I didn’t realize there weren’t some already.

    Get used to it Senator, that’s what happens when you try to stand up for the Constitution in the Senate, you get yelled at by your supposed peers. Name those that yelled at you Mr.Cruz (not that we don’t already have a good idea who they might be), if you have the guts.

    Try and push back…even using the proper court process, well we’ll fine you during your attempt.

    Drudge: “Ron Paul: Police manhunt for Boston suspect scarier than attack…”

    Completely agree.

    Drudge: Barry Diller: ‘Wish I Hadn’t Bought NEWSWEEK. Mistake’…

    Never would have saw that coming. 🙄

  28. 2013 April 29 5:34 pm

    I think it’s “Pay for Play”

    So pretty much same as it ever was in one degree or another. 🙂
    As for the bill – lunacy.
    “Despite his research spanning more than 16 years, the sports doctor claims his tests are only preliminary and that further investigation could be needed.”
    Well hell if my job was to study breast I think I might want to leave the door open to further investigation as well. 🙂

  29. 2013 April 29 5:43 pm
    “Enforcement of the contracts is not guaranteed.

    “If someone wants a sex schedule, two times a week, or three times a week, I can’t take that agreement into a courtroom and ask that it be enforced,” Carrozza explained.”

    Gee you think?

  30. 2013 April 29 5:44 pm
    drdog09 permalink


    Wait! That guy was PAID to do something I would gladly be an intern for? Don’t even want benefits…. 🙂

  31. 2013 April 29 5:47 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    a courtroom and ask that it be enforced,” Carrozza explained.”

    Heh. If I remember my contract law, there was a term called `performance in duty`. Hmm. Might need to sign up to be a Cialis salesman….

  32. 2013 April 29 5:49 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    Oh, just remembered, perpetuities in contracts are unenforceable in this country. So if you tie the knot… Just saying.

  33. 2013 April 29 6:35 pm

    I would never want such a thing on my weapon for a number of reasons, but I could think of some niche applications particularly in LE or some areas of the private\semi-private security market where insurers might offer a better deal if adopted (that MIT campus cop’s gun would have been useless, unless someone had the time to hack it, to the dipsh1ts in Boston).

    Either way it did make me think of Judge Dredd, 😉 as well as the company Metal Storm that tried similar this like 10 years ago with encoded ring(s) to enabling firing.

  34. 2013 April 29 6:51 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    Kaching! — — pre-revolutionary in the extreme.

    Eph if you are out there, how you doing on your gun stocks?

  35. 2013 April 29 7:09 pm


  36. 2013 April 29 7:19 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    Well know — — We’ll just fine away privacy rights….

  37. 2013 April 29 9:24 pm

    38 – ha ha, how many people do you think that see that even understand it?
    39 – (mentioned in #30) Yup, the insanity continues.

  38. 2013 April 29 9:34 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    Sorry, missed 30.

  39. 2013 April 30 4:32 am

    Half a league, half a league,Half a league onward,
    Into in the valley of bipartisanship the RINOS did ride,
    Oblivious to the danger, they were about to abide,
    Forward, the conferees, was there a man dismayed?
    Some one had blundered , but nary a jeremiad,

    Theirs not to reason why, theirs but to do & die,
    Into in the valley of bipartisanship the RINOS did ride,
    Piglosi to right of them, dingy harry to the left,
    Obammer in front of them, the MSM so deft,
    Boldly they rode and well, into the jaws of death,

    Into the mouth of Hell, Rode the RINOS, with brains bereft,
    Flashed all their teeth so bare, after all, the press was there,
    Charging at windmills, they were clueless and debonair,
    Charging the monolith ,while all their constituents wondered,
    Plunged into the battle, while we know they blundered,

    Right through the line they broke, thinking it all a big joke,
    Boehner and Graham reeled from the saber-stroke,
    Shattered & sundered thy then rode back,
    Humbled by the experience, with a wind at their back,

    They thought they had fought so well,
    Back from the mouth of hell,
    When can their glory fade?,O the wild charge they made!
    All the world wondered, do we honor the game they played ?
    Honor the RINO Brigade, the ignoble brain dead charade.

  40. 2013 April 30 4:37 am

    (IP’S AXIOM # 1.)


  41. 2013 April 30 4:49 am
    drdog09 permalink

    42, Excellent!!

  42. 2013 April 30 5:06 am

    The Republican establishment is in full retreat ,
    For the substance of their spines is geared to defeat,
    Like turds in a punchbowl that float to the top,
    Their infant like balls have closed up shop,
    Time to make these geldings obsolete.

  43. 2013 April 30 5:29 am
    justrand permalink

    IP…the Republican establishment and Party are already obsolete…but the political momentum will make the Party appear viable for some time yet.

    I have arrived at ZERO faith in the Republican Party…and ZERO faith in our political system. I have faith in God, my family, and my friends (including ya’ll here). Beyond that? None.

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