Sunday, September 14, 2008

I (Dont") Like Ike / Equal Paying Candidates

Ike blew through here between 4am and 9am with very heavy rain (between 3 and 7 inches) and winds in the 40-60 MPH range. Coldwater Creek overflowed and flooded out the driving range near us and prompted the evacuation of some condo's and areas of Florissant . Power is out to about 80,000. The Mississippi is expected to crest at 41 feet in St. Louis on Thursday, 11 feet above flood stage, potentially causing problems in an industrial area north of the city, and shutting down the street in front of the Gateway Arch.

The Missouri will also reach major flood level at St. Charles, potentially closing a section of Highway 94 and threatening some homes. The crest of 36.5 feet -- 11.5 feet above flood stage -- is predicted for Wednesday.

No water problems in our neighborhood and our basement is dry, the sump pump didn't even turn on. Electricity stayed on here but about 80,000 out in the metro area.

Airport had some regional jet diversions, otherwise operated ok although the ride in and out was pretty wild I heard.

Gasoline availability becoming an issue, some QT stations are shutting off gas sales to allow better availability over their system as a whole. If the pipeline from TX doesn't get back up and running in a few days, jet fuel could be a problem.

Obama claims he supports equal pay with men, however in practice within his campaign...
Compensation figures for his legislative staff reveal that Obama pays women just 83 cents for every dollar his men make....

...Why this disparity? One reason may be the under-representation of women in Obama's highest-compensated ranks. Among Obama's five best-paid advisors, only one was a woman. Among his top 20, seven were women.

McCain's 17 male staffers split $916,914, thus averaging $53,936. His 25 female employees divided $1,396,958 and averaged $55,878.

On average, according to these data, women in John McCain's office make $1.04 for every dollar a man makes. In fact, all other things being equal, a typical female staffer could earn 21 cents more per dollar paid to her male counterpart -- while adding $10,726 to her annual income -- by leaving Barack Obama's office and going to work for John McCain.

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