I am in love with the blog DOOCE. Mostly because Heather has a daughter that could be the cosmic sister of Ella as they seem to mirror every experience. Her daughter displays the same idiosyncrasies Ella is having during the same months; it's uncanny and makes me feel very sane. However, Heather is more well known for what happened to her and her blog years ago coining the term 'getting dooced'.
Dooced: getting fired for blogging about one’s job.
Bloggers around the world are familiar with the dilemma of what to write and how open they want to be with their feelings and the possible consequences of who reads. The blogger society is still creating a precedent; there are no hard fast rules as we all finding our personal limits. This caused me to really read this next story with great interest. Upon delving into the story I found an epic Scorsese-ian controversy deeply intertwined in the blogosphere and politics (like candy to me). So I now present to you "The 276 to 6 controversy"
September 1st I read in the Rockford Register Star
"Rockford cops face punishment - By Isaac Guerrero
Two Rockford police officers could lose their jobs for allegedly using department computers to write online rants while they were working.
Their comments via StoryChat on rrstar.com, the Register Star’s Web site, included harsh critiques of their boss and the Rockford Police Department..."
Five days ago the Rockford Register Star reported
"Overwhelming vote of no confidence in top cop Epperson - By Isaac Guerrero
Months of escalating tension between Police Chief Chet Epperson and his rank-and-file officers came down to a simple vote Friday, and nearly all members of the city’s police union said the same thing: They have no confidence in Epperson’s management.
There were 286 union members eligible to vote. Of the 282 cops who actually cast ballots, 276 voted “no confidence” in the way Epperson is running the department, said union Vice President Bruce Brannum…
…The union has 27 filed grievances, most concerning discipline issues, that have yet to be resolved. Four officers face disciplinary hearings before the city’s Board of Fire and Police Commissioners for allegations ranging from misconduct to unexcused sick leave.
De La Rosa, meanwhile, is suing the department over the way police brass handle internal investigations, and two other officers are suing the chief in a separate lawsuit involving the seizure of their firearms.
To top it off, union members have been working nearly two years without a labor contract.
…De La Rosa vowed the union will continue speaking out on issues important to its membership.
“We’re going to bring our message to the citizens of Rockford publicly and often,” he said."
Today I am reading 276to6 a blog heavily commented on by Rockford's finest, I recomend specificaly the forty-five comments made after the first post. Highlights:
After a 276 to 6 vote against his police chief, Mayor Morrissey actually goes on TV and calls the police rank and file foolish (Sept 17, 2007, 9pm news, channel 39).Way to go mayor!
September 17, 2007 7:40 PM"
...Bring out the spin, double talk and backpeddling. Bring out the truth on statistics and the manipulating of the numbers. Bring out how ther is no money for the Police and Fire and city streets but chedders wife can arrange for 24 million for the Metro Center that loses money every year..."
Chet...What gave you the ingenious idea to allow 2 INTERNS into the property and evidence division? I am not saying that it was a bad idea but I mean c'mon...2 missing handguns while they were in there. What's next...civilians managing the drug siezures...."
The Person who talked of an Intern was mis-informed There was no InternshipWe hired two College Kids ( with absolutely no Background Check ) Chet in his infinite wisdom Put two Kids IN a Place where ( " The Chief, Deputy Chief and employees of that Division ( ONLY ) are allowed and he let these KIDS Handle Hundred's of Thousands Of Dollars in Narcotics and Guns. NOW HE IS MISSING GUNS and he is hiding it from the media and Public..."